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Stewart Family Headstone Sundial — Invercargill, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
S 46° 24.458 E 168° 23.678
59G E 299750 N 4857361
Quick Description: Local whitesmith James Stewart created this headstone for his family's plot.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:01:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM75WG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoRams
Views: 4

Long Description:
From Wikipedia: A whitesmith is a person who works with "white" or light-colored metals such as tin and pewter. While blacksmiths work mostly with hot metal, whitesmiths do the majority of their work on cold metal (although they might use a forge to shape their raw materials).

When Sophia Rose Stewart died in 1916 she was buried in the family plot at Invercargill's Eastern Cemetery. The following year her son, James Harry Stewart, passed away. At this time Sophia's husband, James Stewart, built this headstone, which also a sundial. James Sr. was an accomplished whitesmith who created complex keys and made approximately 200 sundials.

As Micheal Fellows wrote in The Southland Times:

Though Stewart's first sundial had been entirely unprepossessing his father had instructed him to drive a nail into a brick wall and mark where the sun's shadow fell at various times of the day the Times reporter departed Bowmont St that day, his head orbited by a veritable solar system of information on sundials ranging from horizontal or vertical to the armillary sphere, cylindrical, cruciform, polygonal, hemispherical, universal, portable, equatorial, tetrahedron, solar-chronometer, sun-clock, solhorometer and others.

On one level Mr Stewart was a whitesmith, a crafter of low-melting alloys, specialising in decorative or finely finished work. On another he was seized by the mathematical and scientific disciplines of following the sun's passage, and converting sun time into real time. But more than that he also spoke of sundials in terms of charm, sentiment, morality.

If you want to read more about James Stewart Sr., Fallow's article is at this link.

Sundial Type: Other

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