Hawera, Taranaki, NZ, Dec 2011: More images documenting the last days of the doomed Hawera Hospital. These were from my third visit to the derelict and semi-demolished former Hospital. Part 1 is here - part 2 here… Within a month it would be gone, without a trace…
Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov 2011: Fort Ballance was a coastal artillery battery constructed in the mid 1880′s to defend Wellington from a naval attack.
Today the site is still largely intact, though heavilly grafittied- it’s Labyrinthian like maze of buildings and tunnels are always intriguing. As of the 1st November 2011, Fort Ballance is due to be part of the “Watts Peninsula Reserve”.
For more information about this place check out the exellent “Capital Defence” website.
Seatoun, Wellington, October 2011: Fort Dorset battery was a former coastal artillery station, built to defend the entrance to Wellington Harbour from a possible naval attack. Construction began prior to the First World War- it was occupied and operational through both wars and up untill the mid 1950′s. The adjacent military camp was disbanded in the early 90′s. The remains of these historic structures have not been maintained and have fallen foul to vandalism and graffiti. The former military camp site was used for the set of “Bree” in the first Lord of the Rings film, “The Fellowship of the Ring”. Check out Capital Defence for detailed information on this site- also check out Simon Burrow’ site (in 2nd to last picture) for more images in and around Wellington.
Patea, Taranaki, NZ, December 2011: The Historic former Patea Hospital (c.1880) still stands in it’s dilapidated state, 22 years after its closure. When the hospital finally closed its doors on December the 5th 1990, it had served the Patea District for over century. Locals have been complaining for years about the eyesore, demanding the owner of the property to demolish the derelict and vandalised buildings.