Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Cob house

Cob house

This farmhouse in Richmond, North Otago, probably dates from the 1860s. The pioneers used whatever was at hand to construct their homes. Cob houses were made of rammed clay and straw (or tussock), built up in layers and then cut with a sharp spade.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-1428-1/4-F

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Clay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5242/cob-house (accessed 18 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006