Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mt Eden: Obelisk

Sam was little when I introduced to him the comic books of Asterix. I meant to introduce him to Tin Tin. He got engrossed by Asterix so I read them as well. I didn't undertand what a menhir is.

I asked Sam is a menhir is used to make an Obelisk.

The Adventures of Asterix (French: Astérix or Astérix le Gaulois) is a series of French comic strips written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. Obelix - Gaulish menhir delivery man

If you climb up the summit of Mt Eden, you will see this Obelisk in the photograph. It has plagues commemorating of fore fathers. One has been vandalised. It is a pity that it hasn't been replaced as Mt Eden is the most popular tourist spot of New Zealand. Tourists are specially interested in the Direction table. This too was once smashed by vandals in 1980s.

A stone cairn was erected on the summit on 17 September 1872 by surveyor Stephenson Percy Smith to serve as the principal survey point for the Auckland province.

1947 Plaque is placed on survey stones by the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and the New Zealand Institute of Survey Draughtsmen to commemorate the centenary of the death of Felton Mathew, first Surveyor General of New Zealand.

1965 Plaque is erected by Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors to commemorate 100 years of the Auckland Provincial Surveyors Association.

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