Tonga Bay Granite.
Tonga. Bay, which is situated between Moturka and Takaka, in Tasman Bay, is distant about thiify miles fioin Nelson, and is likely to become
not o«l in the neai tuture on account ot the evtensuc quarnes now being opened up there ±01 the pui]>ose ot getting giamte as buildmg stone. Jt has been a mattei tor regret that stone has boen little used hitherto in New Zealand in our buildings,, it might fairly be said that with the exception ot a lew of our public buildings,, stone has been little used for building purposes,, and even it has been used it has often beenimported troni Australia. Jt is to be hoped that
rehittcts, builders, and the public generally will y concerted action endeavour to improve our fcandaids of building by an increased use of tone, and where stone can be used, that preerenco will be given to New Zealand products t is claimed that in Tonga Bay granite we have i perfect stone for building purposes. It is otally free from flaws, and can be procured in my size The supply is practically unlimited, md an inspection o± the new Public Trust Buildngs in course of erection at the corner of jambton quay and Stout street, Wellington, will ionvince any practical man that in Tonga Bay granite we have an ideal building stone. J. and A. Wilson, Limited, have recently purjhased the freehold of some 500 acres of land it Tonga Bay from the Tonga Bay Compnay, with ill the buildings, plant and machinery, and have >pened up extensive quarries on the property They have found it necessary, in order to be able to meet demands for supply of large quantities y£ stone in a limited time, to greatly increase the plant, which now consists of four jib cranes and one which is on the wharf in Tonga Bay, one at the machinery house, and two in the quarries. The machinery consists of a frame saw tor saving stone into slabs as illustrated, and planing and moulding machines. The powei is supplied by a 35 h.p. steam engine and boiler. A numbei of cottages have been erected at the works for housing the employees, and the Postal Depaitment have lately arranged for a regular mail service. An abundant supply of water is obtained from a reservoir constructed on the property. The illustrations show the Bay, with wharf at which, steamers can load in almost any weather, one of the quarries, and the frame saw. Tonga Bay granite takes a good polish, and is suitable for monumental work, for pilasters and bases for shop fronts, columns at entrances, etc. The hardest of it is quite equal to the Scotch granites, and in colour is rather lighter than the Scotch grey granite. The stone could also be used for kerbing. chanelling, sets for tram lines, etc The walls of the new Fufrlic Trust Building are rapidly approaching completion, and a good idea can now be obtained of the extremely noble lines of the design. The works present a very busy appearance. On the building itself a stiikmg feature is the use of two large jib cranes for setting stones in position. By means of these, one of which has a capacity for lifting ten tons, and one eight tons, the stones are lifted from the street and set in position without any hard labour. A new departure in connection with this contract is the provision by the contractors. J and A. Wilson, Limited, of extensive sheds in which
Special attention may be directed to the fact that in this building the stones have been proem ed in large blocks, and the large pediments over the windows show that this granite is easily obtainable in almost any size. This stone is easily caned, and the gieater part ot the carving work in the uuiiding has been completed. Part of the roof has been erected, and it is hoped to have the building covered within two months.
the stone is cut and moulded. By this means the men are able to work in any weather a fact that has proved to loe beneficial alike to employer and employees. The stone is prepared for the building in a site in Stout street, on which there is a 31b crane, and also two travelling cranes for the better handling of the stone, and a tramway conveys the stone across Stout street to the building. An interesting feature of this contract is the engineering shop which the contractors fitted up for the steel construction, the whole of the steel framing having been worked on the site.
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