History

Pioneers Since 1839

William George Sharp
Farmer
Born 1838

Bill Sharp
Farmer
Born 1881

Cyril Sharp
Quarryman
Born 1906

Richard Sharp (1991)
Managing Director

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Richard Sharp (2017)
Managing Director

William George Sharp immigrated to New Zealand from England in 1865 on board the sailing ship Bombay. William married Mary Wooten and they had six children including Bill Sharp, their latest arrival.

William George (Bill) Road Building at Bombay in 1866.

William George (Bill) Road Building at Bombay in 1866.

William George (Bill) at Bombay in 1870 where they mined for coal and even gold.

William George (Bill) at Bombay in 1870 where they mined for coal and even gold.

The Worm logging vehicle

The Worm logging vehicle

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Bill grew up in the days where logging was a far cry from today’s methods. Bill married Annie Rooke, and they in turn had a family of nine. Their oldest son Cyril came along in 1906, and seven years later Bill and Annie purchased a farm at Matakana. Cyril grew up on a farm, and with most farmers in those days quarrying was done on the land.

As his father did before him, Cyril grew up on a farm where quarrying was a major part of daily activities.

Setting up a crushing plant

Setting up a crushing plant

A hand fed crushing plant would produce approximately 20 cubic yards per day

A hand fed crushing plant would produce approximately 20 cubic yards per day

Dumping blasted rock into the crushing plant

Dumping blasted rock into the crushing plant

One of Sharps portable crushing plants producing aggregate

One of Sharps’ portable crushing plants producing aggregate

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Cyril Sharp operated numerous quarries in Northland New Zealand. Back in the mid 1950s, William Andrews & Arthur Beaven of Christchurch NZ, designed and manufactured this new portable crusher for Cyril Sharp.

Portable Crushing at Waipoura Quarry in 1952

Portable Crushing at Waipoura Quarry in 1952

Lyn Jordon was the quarry manager at Cyril Sharps’ Whangaripo Quarry. Lyn was one of the original members of The Institute of Quarrying in New Zealand.

“The Lyn Jordan Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Institute member, or members, whose technical paper is judged the best given at an Institute Branch Meeting or the NZ Annual Conference by The Institute of Quarrying NZ (Inc).” (The Institute of Quarrying NZ 2003)

 

Lyn Jordon loading a shot

Lyn Jordon loading a shot

The Timoko and Smeath brothers had sub-contracting businesses and both can be seen here loading up in 1955. The brothers from Waima and Maromaku respectively are well remembered by the Sharp family today.

Hupara Quarry - Tomok

Hupara Quarry – Tomok

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Matakana (Omaha Valley) Quarry developed circa. 1955 by Cyril Sharp on a farm owned by Alf Rounder. Aggregate was delivered as far as Hadfield Beach. Peter Sharp (Cyril’s eldest son) managed the quarry for five years. Today the quarry is operated by Wharehine Contractors.

All down hill from here. Matakana (Omaha Valley) Quarry

All down hill from here. Matakana (Omaha Valley) Quarry

One of Cyril Sharps’ Northwest Model 25 face shovels at Bombay quarry. The shovel was developed and operated by Cyril for a number of years. A Kueken crusher can be seen in the photo. These double toggle crushers were manufactured in Britain and were favoured by Cyril due to their low maintenance, weight and power requirements.

Bombay Quarry. Bombay was named after the ship that brought settlers to the area including Cyril's Grandfather Williem George.

Bombay Quarry. Bombay was named after the ship that brought settlers to the area including Cyril’s Grandfather Williem George.

Crushing contract completed. Templetons Hill Quarry 1956, hard work developed a hard earned thirst.

From Left: Milton Kerr, John Timoko, Pat Baker, Nobby Napia, Maurice and Richard Sharp.

From Left: Milton Kerr, John Timoko, Pat Baker, Nobby Napia, Maurice and Richard Sharp.

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The Leyland Super Beaver truck was manufactured in the 1940s. Here we can see a portable crusher on-the-move in 1957.

Leyland Super Beaver in 1957

Leyland Super Beaver in 1957

Richard Sharp (the father of the self-tensioning motorbase) on board a Euclid (father of Mathematics) L‐20 back in 1964.

Euclid E-20 with Richard Sharp

Euclid E-20 with Richard Sharp

Here we can see a portable primary jaw crusher in 1974. This 36 x 24 would have been considered a big machine in 1974.

1974 Primary Crusher

1974 Primary Crusher

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A Sharp Quarries Cat 980 loader, feeding a crushing plant in the late 1970s.

Cat 980

Cat 980

Aaron Sharp in 1974, keeping an eye on operations

Aaron Sharp in 1974, keeping an eye on operations

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In the 1950s, while Richard was helping the workers at Templeton’s Hill Quarry, Hermann J. Neidhart applied for a patent on his torsion spring design. Little did Richard know then, that later in life when he was managing quarries himself, he would come across Hermanns design and Richard utilized this torsion spring in several applications.

In the early 1990s Richard Sharp developed many innovative products including self-tensioning motorbases, chain tensioners and dynamic impact beds, some utilizing the principles of Hermann’s inventions.

Many people who grew up in the quarry industry will tell you that innovation is a daily activity, where spanners are thrown in the works without notice. Reacting to the problems often requires ingenious solutions to keep the product flowing.

1992 Motorbases

1992 Motorbases

The early days - Dynamic Impact Bed

The early days – Dynamic Impact Bed

Dynamic Chutes

Dynamic Chutes

Chain Tensioners

Chain Tensioners

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Today Leverlink manufacturers the world’s largest torsion spring and continues to develop solutions, not just products.

One touch - self tensioning Verti-lift motorbase

One touch – self tensioning Verti-lift motorbase

In the early part of the new millennium, further solutions were developed. Pictured below, is a large diesel powered belt drive in the cotton industry utilises Leverlink innovation.

Jockey tensioning in the agricultural industry

Jockey tensioning in the agricultural industry

Over the last few years we have developed light-weight hybrid guarding that provides a solution to many stakeholders.

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References

The Institute of Quarrying New Zealand (Inc). 2003. lyn-jordan-memorial-trophy. [ONLINE] Available at:http://ioqnz.co.nz/awards/lyn-jordan-memorial-trophy/. [Accessed 01 January 15].

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