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Stewart Town

Stewart Town
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Copyright: Ralph Starck (HapiSnapa) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 20 N: 343] (2534)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-02
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D 300, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, Kenko Pro 1 Digital Protector
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 23:47
Viewed: 2072
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the remains of last remaining cob cottage at Stewart Town. About 20minutes from Cromwell is Bannockburn there is nothing much there apart from may hectare of vineyards but it was once the centre of a large gold strike. To the west of Bannockburn, sitting on a terrace near the huge Menzies Dam and overlooking extensive and spectacular sluicing faces of Pipeclay Gully is the cluster of remains known as Stewart Town .

Rather than a town in the usual sense, Stewart Town existed primarily because of its relationship with the
control and sale of water to miners. It was named after miner and entrepreneur David Stewart, who settled
there in 1876. He secured the water right from Long Gully, cut a race, and built the stone-faced Menzies Dam to store water, which he sold to the miners. Access to water allowed previously unworkable areas to be mined, including Menzies Terrace, Pipeclay Terrace, and Baileys Gully. A few other miners settled at Stewart Town and worked the surrounding land. After a number of changes in ownership following the downturn in mining, it was purchased by D.U. MacGregor, who planted a small orchard. Some of the fruit trees are still present today.

We found a solitary pear tree there which had fruit on it and I managed to knock a pear down and it tasted fine. We had to walk for well over an hour to get to this site and we passed through the old sluicings on the way.

Thanks for looking

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To Royaldevon: Hi BevHapiSnapa 1 05-20 01:36
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Hi ralph,

The picture has a nice "old feel" to it, kinda soft dramatic or morose. Good interesting note.

Nice shot! Great lighting and tones.

Hello Ralph,

Another interesting shot from N.Z. although, reading the names, it sounded like a tour of Scotland!
The old building is beautifully saturated, revealing great depth from its tones, and fine textures from its sharpness. It is well positioned in the frame but, do you know, I think it might have been even better positioned in the top/right third so that the tall chimney could have run parallel with the border.

What an interesting and beautiful country you inhabit!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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