Day 23 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

January 1st, 2012

Our first full day in Dunedin and we explored on foot and visited the Gasworks Museum.


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Here we are at the entrance to the Dunedin Engine House (or Gas Works) wondering what this structure is all about.

The engines are only run a few times a month and we were lucky to be able to see them running. Here is a link to the Gasworks Museum. New Zealand's first gasworks opened here in 1863 and, when it closed in 1987, it was the last gasworks in the country.

About the structure in the picture above... It is part of a "gasholder" originally constructed in 1873.
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Justin and Spence admiring the machining details in this 100 year old engine.
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A boiler.
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Here is an old sign.
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We were intrigued by this chart. Note the variety of chemicals from coal - from laxatives to saccarine (saccharin?) to to caffeine to picric acid.
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molars
After visiting the Engineworks, we walked along the waterfront. These are sculptures of wisdon teeth and are called the Harbour Mouth Molars. This work is meant to highlight the region's Dental School, which is NZ's oldest; the harbour mouth; and the region's limestone (Oamaru stone). This installation is not universally liked, but I think it is interesting.

(Links: Artist's site; Otago Sculpture Trust; a local Dunedin blog with the Molars as the topic.)
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The harbour mouth (without the teeth) with the Dunedin city center and surrounding hills in the background.
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Did I mention that Dunedin is a university town?
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Here is an approximate map of our travels.
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