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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mellow Yellow: Arch Sign





http://mellowyellowmonday.blogspot.com/

This is a preserved arch of the men's toilet on Rangitoto island, built probably in the 1920s or 1930s. Prison labour is cheap, I wonder if the quality is poor and why the toilet is gone.

There is a large flat clearing done by prison labour in the 30s. Five tennis courts were planned but not eventuated due to lack of finance. The prisoners also built 19km of hand packed roads and trails. One could imagine what an arduous job it was handling the rough volcanic lava rocks.

19 comments:

Stephanie V said...

A very nice archway for a toilet.
It must have punishment far beyond justice for those convicts.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. Sure is a mystery! :)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

History is important to preserve. Even when it is potty history! Thanks for sharing!

When I pick up those sycamore balls in my back yard, it feels like lava rock!

Jan
GDP

Icy BC said...

Interesting information! Thank you..

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ann: What an exciting find, ruins are so special with many stories to tell. I would love to see New Zealand some day.

JM said...

It seems we both have posted on toilets! How cool! :-)

George said...

That arch is quite impressive, especially considering that it was made with convict labor. I hope it can be preserved.

RuneE said...

A toilet with and arch - or rather the other way around in this case. Strange.

PS thank you for the comment - triplets among lambs are very common in Norway.

W.C.Camp said...

Wow I wish my toilets had arches over them. I need to go to prison so I can build some. W.C.C.

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