Industrial heritage is a hallmark of Aotearoa NZ archeological sites and Wilson Cement Works will not disappoint. The first portland cement manufacturing works in the southern hemisphere, Wilson’s Cement Company, was established near the town in 1884. It closed its doors in 1928 during the depression years. The ruins still remain and the mine is now a popular local fresh water swimming hole. The sheer scale, size and mammoth effort to build the factory out of concrete is fascinating. And it is very obvious how important the river was a transport network.
The small, still very deep quarry, now a lake glimmering with depth just adds to the atmosphere of worker ghosts and stories past. There is a link metal fence adding to the abandoned feel as well as excellent plaques describing the vital role the cement works played during World War II. A farewell in Auckland early evening with promises to meet again.
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