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Official photograph of Marine Parade and Kirk Sundial, Napier
“16 MARINE PARADE & SUNDIAL”
Buildings – Council Chambers, unknown two-storey building, Court House [Department of Conservation 2019] Hawke’s Bay Club
Kirk Sundial –
The top of the Kirk sundial shows how the sun creates the shadow on the top marble, bronze and limestone.
The sundial was the first feature introduced into a long expanse of unbroken lawn that formed the original Marine Parade gardens.
Designed by Napier architect Louis Hay, this decorative landscaping feature was a gift from J R Kirk, a former Mayor of Gisborne, who was impressed by the spirit of rehabilitation following the earthquake of 1931.
On the bronze plaques on the limestone base: “Calamity is Man’s True Touchstone
The gift of J R Kirk Esq MBE 1933”
On the marble face of the sundial: “Smiles equal sunshine in helping folks along”
On the square base below the sundial face: “Serene I stand amidst the flowers to tell of the passing of the hours.”