The Cameron’s Block­house

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature | The Home Herb Business -

THE HOMESTEAD Cathy lives in dates from 1882, but there is another ear­lier Her­itage New Zealand Cat­e­gory 1 listed build­ing on the land nearby which the pub­lic can visit.

The Cameron Block­house was built in 1868 by farmer John Cameron as a place of refuge for his fam­ily. How­ever, it wasn't needed as bat­tles be­tween the army of Euro­pean set­tlers and Maori never reached the area.

The block­house has a floor of com­pacted earth, dou­ble-skinned tō­tara walls with clay in­fill (to pro­tect against bul­lets and fire) and a cor­ru­gated iron roof. Around the walls holes for gun bar­rels let in shafts of light.

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