• Alexandra Stone Quarries

Early 2000, Dave worked with a sale representative to develop a version of a bag that was similar to a fertiliser bag that would stand up to heavy loads of schist stone and lifting.

It took a fair amount of trial and error but we’ve developed a good solid bag that we reply on now.

The bags have been upgraded since the first version, specifically to handle the strength and UV protection, as they tend to sit outside in the blistering hot Central Otago sun during peak construction season.

So despite the hard wearing ‘forever’ nature of the product we’re mining, we know incremental improvements are still the way forward!

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  • Alexandra Stone Quarries

Alexandra Stone Quarries are excited to announce the opening of another schist stone quarry in Central Otago called “Fruitlands”.

“Fruitlands” is a settlement in New Zealand. It is situated on State Highway 8, 14km from Alexandra.

Bald Hill Flat was renamed Fruitlands in 1915, in recognition of it becoming a fruit growing area.

The establishment of orchards failed to produce when only one crop of fruit was ever exported.

There was lots of irrigation water available during the summertime but the hard winter frosts destroyed most of the fruit trees.

Once a community with school, post office and church, today the area is a collection of modern farm houses, and the remains of miners' stone cottages; some derelict, others restored.

A example of restored houses are John Mitchell's cottage, and the Speargrass Inn which was Speargrass Hotel.

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  • Alexandra Stone Quarries

Before Dave started developing his own guillotine he first started quarrying schist by using explosives to loosen the rock. He’d drill holes for explosives and blast the rock into manageable pieces of schist. He’d use crowbars to shift more manageable sections, although generally speaking, individual pieces were shipped out in larger sizes. In those days Stonemasons would be on site cutting down the bigger bits. Guillotines weren’t used in New Zealand in the early 80s.

*notice all the PPE

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