Industrial Tourism in Timaru

During the holidays while I was down south me & my parents went for a drive down to Timaru, a port town with a great swimming beach – this panorama is your typical summers day in Timaru at Caroline Beach

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Afterwards we went for a drive around the port, amongst some of the old industrial buildings that are the towns heritage

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This great old brick factory building reminded me of my youth in Christchurch, going to parties at the Old Mill – a similar high rise old brick building which had been partly converted into warehouse living space…
I presumed the Old Mill was history due to the earthquakes, but this news item from 2012 lists it as a category 2 historic place so it will be saved and Google maps street view shows it is still standing:

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Ah the memories of that place!!

Anyway back to Timaru… we drove further into the industrial area, surprised it wasn’t all fenced off!

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And there it was, my favourite new/very old echo chamber!

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I paced it out & it was about 15m long, and as its made of solid steel it didn’t take much to coax some beautiful resonating sounds from it – have a listen:

It made me wish I had my full record rig with me, these were recorded with Sony D100 and it can hardly cope with the attack or the low frequencies… Heres the same files backwards:

Strongly suspect I will revisit this prop, I’ve got a road trip down south planned for later in summer & I get the impression this echo chamber isn’t going anywhere…

 

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