Chelsea Sugar Factory (131)
|I took this shot yesterday from the Chelsea Sugar Refinery on the North Shore of Auckland. It was established in 1884, and remains New Zealand's main source of sugar products. It is also one of Auckland's deepwater ports. The views from this location are fantastic, looking straight across the harbour with the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Sky Tower in plain sight. This POV looks towards pond opposite the duck pond, the sun was beaming through two trees behind me when I took this.|
The site for this factory was chosen due to the deep water access, allowing a port to be built in 1884. Raw sugar came from Fiji, Cuba, Australia, Indonesia and Peru for refining, and, until the building of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the finished products were shipped out from the wharf. All other commodities, such as coal, food and mail, were also handled by Chelsea Wharf.
The bright apricot coloured buildings seen in this shot are clearly visible from the Auckland Harbour Bridge and were built with 1.5 million bricks made by hand from clay found on site. Sugar is still refined at Chelsea and this year it celebrates 125 years of continuous refining on the site.
The North Shore City Council now owns a huge clump of land, which is suitably named Chelsea Estate Heritage Park. It cost a whopping 20-million dollars to purchase in June 2008. They have turned it into a large wildlife area, consisting of swamps, four lakes, bushwalks and lavish views across the harbour. It was only recently opened in March of this year.
The Chelsea Estate Heritage Park is a public reserve of natural and historical significance both regionally and nationally. It is also part of the longest continuous stretch of coastal bushland on the Waitemata Harbour and provides a natural habitat for over 50 varieties of native and exotic birds.
For anyone wondering, the two objects seen floating in the water are called aerators. The aerator motor spins an under water propeller, which draws air through an intake and down into the water where it is dispersed. By doing this it increases the oxygen content in the water, which in turn recovers plant life and helps keep the stormwater discharges cleaner when they enter the sea.
Very worth checking out if you ever have the time. It is located only a short distance from the Onewa Road off-ramp after the Harbour Bridge (if you’re travelling from the southern end of Auckland). The road to look for is called Colonial Road.
Image Quality: RAW
Device: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 25mm
Shutter Speeds: 1/40s, 1/160s, 1/10s
Exposure Mode: Manual Control
Metering: Evaluative Metering
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200
Date Taken: 9th July 2009, 10:04am
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