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~ Ngā papa tākaro


Kirk Sundial

The top of the Kirk sundial showing how the sun creates the shadow on the top.Marble, bronze and limestone.

The sundial 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 

The Kirk Sundial from a distance. The Kirk Sundial on the Marine Parade. Looking down at the top of the Kirk Sundial. Looking at the makings in the base of the Kirk Sundial. Some of the text on the side of the Kirk Sundial. The top of the Kirk Sundial.  The top of the Kirk sundial showing how the sun creates the shadow on the top.

Kirk Sundial Location Map

Marine Parade Gardens.

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