Feb 27 2010

Brinns Point to Seacliff

Brinns Point to Seacliff.
The North Otago coast is lined with old Maori settlements, and Brinns Point is no exception. The bay south of the historic urupa (cemetery) on the headland was occupied by Moa-hunters, and much later was an out-post whaling station. A channel has been cleared through the boulder beach to enable boats to reach the shore especially at high tides. This is thought to be the work of the whalers but the channel clearance may date from much earlier, for all we know. This bay was investigated in the 1950s by the Blake-Palmers of Seacliff. This was published in the Journal Polynesian Society by Blake-Palmer senior who was superintendent of Seacliff Mental Hospital at the time. This was the first ‘proven’ association of man with the largest species of moa: Dinornis Maximus, thought by some scientists to be extinct before arrival of man. Later studies showed Dinornis had been found on archaeological sites beforehand however. There was an old Maori settlement on the flat at Ross’ Rocks. The next known settlement south is at Omimi, where moa bones have been excavated on what was largely a fishing site.
The cliffs after which Seacliff township gets its name are lined intermittently with Maori umu, most being umu ti. Parts of the coast road from Warrington to Karitane followed original Maori tracks according to early survey plans in LINZ archives. The hills along this coast were heavily forested and only cleared  when the land was subdivided for framing. The original route of Coast Road has been modified in places since the 1960s but many portions of the old routed can be seen with associated stonework on both sides of the present road. Coast Road remains an active connection with the distant past.
– Taken from Karitane … Split Rock … Seacliff Coastal Walk. Notes by Brian Allingham, Archaeologist, January 2010.

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4 Responses to “Brinns Point to Seacliff”

  1.   Allanon 22 Feb 2012 at 10:03 am

    I see your club tramped this area in 2010.

    Wondered if anyone may have photographed the headstones at the cemetery.

    I am building a database of burials and photos of headstones in the area but cannot get to Brinns Point to photograph headstones.

  2.   Ianon 23 Feb 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Allan, if you go to: http://trtc.blogtown.co.nz/2010/03/17/seacliff-brinns-point-enchanted-forest-round-trip-2/ you will find there a photo of some of the headstones.

  3.   Allanon 23 Feb 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you.
    That is all of them I think but would really like to great some that can be read.

    These are a great start thanks

  4.   Anneon 14 Mar 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Trying to touch base with Allan who has asked regading photo’s of Cemetry..

    I can be found on TM Message borad under anne1955 Would love to touch base with you Thanks Anne


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