Monday, November 16, 2009

Greenlane Hospital

In the Auckland area, the hospitals have chimneys. I used to work for the Auckland Hospital and I asked what the chimneys were for. I was told that they were used to burn all the bloodied cotton bandages and swathe. As for the body parts, they were sent to the city incinerator.


Barry said...

So now we know.

I always wondered.

Thomas Lee/Lee Lip Pang said...
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Thomas Lee/Lee Lip Pang said...

Thanks for the photo,i would prefer brick chimneys, if you happen to see one pls remember to snap a photo for me,
thanks again.

wenn said...


hetty said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog and also for leading me to your beautiful quilt post. I left you a message there. Hope you find it. All our hospitals here in Toronto have huge chimneys too! I was told the same thing as you were as to their purpose. When I was in a convalescent hospital last year, I went out and drove around the property on my scooter. I went to the back of the hospital and noticed the huge chimney and also a sign in front of the back entrance. The sign said, 'cremetorium'. I have to admit it kind of freaked me out but it also made me wonder.

Ensurai said...

I saw the movie "Boy in the Stiped Pajamas" and was affected for days. Chimneys used to be only related to Santa Claus and nice fairy tales. And the Sistine Chapel of course.
Now they have different thoughts and connotations.

May be in future they will make films with all the smells and that will a horrible thought.

Mary said...

Quite interesting, Ann. The hospital here used to have a chimney as well. I know that they burned a lot of stuff there because my aunt worked there. Interesting how times have changed. I wonder what they do with body parts here. I would imagine that they are put into the biohazard waste bins, but not sure.

Wishing you a great week.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Victoria Park Market
210 Victoria Street West, Auckland, New Zealand

The market is set in the cobblestone courtyard adjacent to the 125-foot brick chimney of the former city Destructor - the furnace which burnt the city's rubbish in the early 1900s. The shops, cafes and restaurants are housed in the former workshops and stores, and the stables of the 90 garbage cart horses. The buildings were restored and the market developed in 1972. Amongst the varied shops you will find arts, crafts and souvenirs made from local materials and interesting clothing and jewellery. Refreshment opportunities abound - grab a coffee, a beer, and an ice cream, or try the food hall.

Thomas likes brick Chimneys. I told him that brick chimneys are extinct dinosaurs. I have seen only one such chimneys, and that was 13 years ago. I don't think I had a photo, so you can view it in this site.

Unknown said...

Ok, so we know now...sounds so scary..when you talked about the body part. I posted one picture for you on my latest post...a picture of water on lotus it was not yam leaf lah..that's why you cannot get the same effect :)