Oamaru stone

Oamaru stone
Oamaru stone is used on many of Otago's older structures, like this bridge arch in Oamaru.
Houses in Oamaru using Oamaru stone.
Weathered cornice and decorated keystones in the harbour area of Oamaru.

Oamaru stone is a hard, compact limestone, quarried at Weston, near Oamaru in Otago, New Zealand.

The stone is used for building purposes, especially where ornate moulding is required. The finished stonework has a creamy, sandy colour. It is not strongly resistant to pollution, and can be prone to surface crumbling.

Oamaru stone was used on many of the grand public buildings in the towns and cities of the southern South Island, especially after the financial boom caused by the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860s. The city of Dunedin and town of Oamaru both have many fine examples of Oamaru stone edifices. The stone was used widely on buildings in many parts of New Zealand, including in the construction of both the Town Hall and the Chief Post Office in Auckland.[1]

The stone has been prominently used in combination with the more hard-wearing bluestone basalt found in many parts of the southern South Island, creating a distinctive style of dark grey basalt walls with lighter Oamaru stone facings. Notable buildings to use this combination include the Dunedin Railway Station, Otago University Registry Building, and Christchurch Arts Centre. In Oamaru itself the stone is most commonly found as the primary construction material, with many of the town's more notable buildings (such as the Waitaki District Council building) showing its distinctive creamy colour.

Its ease of working also appeals to sculptors and examples of Oamaru stone sculpture can be found throughout New Zealand.

See also


  1. ^ McLauchlan, Gordon; et al. (1984). Gordon McLauchlan (editor in chief). ed. Bateman New Zealand Encyclopedia. David Bateman Limited. ISBN 0-908610-21-1. 

External links

Media related to Oamaru stone at Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Нужно сделать НИР?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oamaru stone — /ˈɒməru stoʊn/ (say omuhrooh stohn) noun a white, granular limestone used in building, which is quarried in the Oamaru district of the east coast of the South Island of NZ …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Oamaru — Oamaru …   Wikipedia

  • Oamaru — Oamaru …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Robert Lawson (architect) — Robert Arthur Lawson (1 January 1833 ndash; 3 December 1902) was one of New Zealand s most eminent 19th century architects. He has been described as the architect who did more than any other to shape the architectural face of New Zealand s… …   Wikipedia

  • Оамару — Город Оамару Oamaru Страна Новая ЗеландияНовая Зеландия …   Википедия

  • Francis Petre — Francis (Frank) William Petre (27 August 1847 ndash; 10 December 1918) was a prominent New Zealand born architect based in Dunedin. Before his time, 19th century New Zealand architecture was dominated by an almost institutionalized Gothic revival …   Wikipedia

  • Otago Boys' High School — Location 2 Arthur Street, Dunedin, New Zealand Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Weston, New Zealand — Weston is a township situated 5 km (3 miles) inland from Oamaru, New Zealand. It is regarded as one of the more affluent townships of the Waitaki District and had a population of 730 in the 2006 census.Weston has some of the largest sporting… …   Wikipedia

  • Whitestone cheese — is one of the New Zealand South Island s main cheese companies. Whitestone make about a dozen different specialist cheeses, the most well known of which is Whitestone Brie. other varieties made include Waitaki Camembert, Whitestone Farmhouse,… …   Wikipedia

  • Dunedin Railway Station — Anzac Square and Dunedin Railway Station Station statistics Address Anzac Square, Dun …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”