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Kirk Sundial

The top of the Kirk sundial showing how the sun creates the shadow on the top.The Kirk Sundial is made of marble, bronze and limestone. It was the first feature introduced into a long expanse of unbroken lawn that formed the original Marine Parade gardens.

Designed by Napier architect Louis Hay, this decorative landscaping feature was a gift from J.R. Kirk, a former Mayor of Gisborne who was impressed by the spirit of rehabilitation following the earthquake of 1931.


On the bronze plaques on the limestone base:
Calamity is Man's True Touchstone
The gift of J. R, Kirk Esq MBE 1933.

On the marble face of the sundial:
Smiles equal sunshine in helping folks along.

On the square base below the sundial face:
Serene I stand amidst the flowers to tell of the passing of the hours.

Kirk Sundial images 

Kirk Sundial Location Map

Marine Parade Gardens.


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