Dunedin Gasworks Museum volunteer Peter Mason takes a close look as a 19th century worker's cottage starts its journey from its Braemar St, South Dunedin, site yesterday afternoon. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Careful attention to detail and some delicate manoeuvring
proved crucial yesterday for the successful removal of a 19th
century worker's cottage from near the Dunedin Gasworks
Fulton Hogan heavy haulage division staff began preparing for
the move early yesterday and by 3.30pm the operation had
reached a delicate stage.
The house was on the back of a heavy-haulage truck-trailer
and power wires crossing the street were being lifted out of
The truck then had to be manoeuvred along a narrow section of
the street, with only a few centimetres of clearance on
Heritage campaigner Ann Barsby recently ''went out on a
limb'' and pledged about $14,000 of her own money to save the
cottage, which had been donated by the new owner of the land
it was occupying.
The house has been moved a couple of blocks from Braemar St
to its new temporary home. Some conservation work will be
undertaken on the house, and it is hoped to later shift it
back close to the museum.
In the late 19th century there were many such worker's
cottages in the street, but this cottage, built in the 1880s
or 1890s, was the last to survive.
Museum volunteer Peter Mason said it was ''great'' the
cottage had been saved, and the move had gone quickly and
Fulton Hogan heavy haulage manager Mark McNeilly said
meticulous planning and specialised equipment - including the
use of a remote-controlled house trailer capable of carrying
40-tonne houses - had played a key part.
Energy infrastructure firm Delta had also played a key role
by moving power lines out of the way, he said.