NEW ZEALAND BUILDING STONE.
TnERE is at present on ■view in our office, a piece of dressed building atone, discovered on an estate in the vicinity of Auckland, and which, we hare been told, contains an unlimited supply of the metal. We invite inspection of this stone, because we have bo doubt whatever that it is by far superior to either Bath or Sydney *tone, and will lead to a complete revolution in the building trade. The grain is close, and the stone may be easily worked. Samples of this stone have been submitted to the principal builders and stonemasons in the city, and they one and all pronounce it superior to any imported stone. Practical men express the opinion that it will stand the weather. It is a white freestone. We particularly call the attention of the Provincial authoritiei to this discovery because, with so many public buildings about to be built, it may be possible to save geveral thousand pounds on the cost of each erection, and at the same time to increase the profits of the contractors, and stimulate local trade. We believe the imported stone costs 6s. per cubic foot, whereas it is estimated that the newly discovered stone can be laid down on the whaif at 2s. per. cubic foot. We are not at liberty to state the locality ; but we may nay that it is easily accessible by road, and that the 'Tasn?anian Maid' could almost lie close alongside the quarry. Thit is a discovery which ought not to be lost sight of. The building trade of Auckland would do well to loie no time in ascertaining full particulars regarding thii quarry, and the terms on which it can be worked; for with an unlimited supply of building stone, such as that which has been submitted to us, at reasonable rates, there is no doubt whatever that a totally different style of buildings would hereafter be erected in Auckland.
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