Modern Quarrying

There has been very little coverage of the history of quarrying in our country, and this funny schematic sent to Modern Quarrying by Marius van Deventer shows how mankind has moved from quarrying rock by hand to the sophisticated machinery we have today.

Amusing schematic on evolution of rockAmusing schematic on the evolution of rock processing.

MQ recently and came across a very interesting couple, whose one parent (now sadly deceased) was an old quarryman in the Mendip Hills. Commonly called the Mendips, the Mendip Hills is a range of limestone hills to the south of Bristol and Bath in Somerset, England. These hills are largely formed from carboniferous limestone, which is still quarried at several sites. Mendip producers today include Aggregate Industries, Hanson, Morris & Perry, Lafarge Tarmac and Wainwright).

Doing some research, MQ came across Quarry Faces, which is a community heritage project telling the story of quarrying in the Mendips, and which has created an archive of oral history recordings with over 1 000 historic images. And this made me realise how little has been done to date about the history of our own quarrying history.

Coedmore historical pictureThis Coedmore historical picture shows railways trucks being loaded by hand with two different sizes of hand stone. These trucks were shunted with a diesel Hunslet loco. In the background, one can see the gangplanks that enabled the wheelbarrows to be pushed onto the truck and tipped (photograph courtesy Henry Terblanche).

The magazine has covered the history of some of our quarries in certain issues over the years, yet despite the economic importance of quarrying in this country, our records are sorely lacking in most cases. In many instances records have been lost, which is a real shame.

We need to share the memories of former quarry workers and to share the photographs they may have in their possession. Let’s face it, sharing and depicting a quarry’s history is also a way for aggregate producers to boost the image of their operations.

MQ would like to invite all operations and suppliers to get in touch so that we can take this further. Please contact the editor on dalek@crown.co.za or mobile: 083 419 9162.

Contact Modern Quarrying

Title: Editor
Name: Dale Kelly
Email: dalek@crown.co.za
Phone: 083 419 9162


Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Bennie Venter
Email: benniev@crown.co.za
Phone: (011) 622-4770
Fax: (011) 615-6108

BANNER 10 A

 
Full Name*
Invalid Input

Company Name*
Invalid Input

Your Email*
Invalid Input

Phone*
Invalid Input

Postal Address 1*
Invalid Input

Postal Address 2*
Invalid Input

Postal Code*
Invalid Input

Street Address 1
Invalid Input

Street Address 2
Invalid Input

Postal Code
Invalid Input

Town / City*
Invalid Input

Country*
Invalid Input

Magazine

Invalid Input

Invalid Input