Digital Photograph: Retaining Wall, Sumner Road, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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27 May 2013
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 27 May 2013 of a retaining wall in Sumner Road which was replaced due to earthquake damage. The original wall was created using red volcanic rock. Many walls like this were built using the Hard Labour Gang from the Lyttelton Gaol. The replacement wall has a small section of stone installed to show what the wall used to look like. It is intended to reface the wall using stone salvaged from collapsed walls.
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Prior to the earthquakes, many of Lyttelton’s retaining walls were constructed from red volcanic rock. A large proportion of these were originally built by inmates of the Lyttelton Gaol who had been sentenced to hard labour. These walls were recognised by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in the Lyttelton Historic Area that was registered by the Trust in 2009. The new walls are being built with the provision to eventually reface them with a skin of stone if and when funding becomes available. At the base of this new concrete wall a small section has been left to show what the walls used to look like.
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Sumner Road
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