Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Making asbestos fibrolite

Making asbestos fibrolite

A worker handles a material known as fibrolite – a mixture of cement and asbestos (which acted as a binding agent). Fibrolite was made into roofing, wall boards and decking boards. When it is cut, the dust releases dangerous fibres that cause asbestosis, a lung disease that can kill people decades after exposure. It is no longer manufactured in New Zealand, but the term fibrolite is still used for modern cement sheets, and these contain no asbestos.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000378; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Other minerals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5265/making-asbestos-fibrolite (accessed 20 June 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006