Welcome to the settlement of Washdyke and it�s Industrial Business Community
Washdyke is said to have obtained its name from the fact that it had a convenient natural place for sheep-dipping, and that in the early days the flocks of the Levels estate, of which it originally formed part, were periodically dipped there. Click here for the full history of Washdyke Timaru.
A few kilometres down Seadown Road is the birthplace of Phar Lap a racehorse that is arguably one of the greatest racehorses of his time. On the corner of Seadown Road and Phar Lap Road there is a statue of Phar Lap made from limestone sculptured by Ian Anderson of Oamaru. Limestone is a natural stone found on the Canterbury plains and while the stature may not resemble Phar Lap as a racehorse in his prime it is a fitting image of what Phar Lap looked like in his early years as a rather ugly foal and yearling. The Washdyke Racecourse has been aptly named the Phar Lap Raceway after the Champion of Champions. The Phar Lap Trust has commissioned a bronze stature to be built and placed at the Phar Lap Raceway entrance in memory of his birthplace. To learn more about the Phar Lap trust and the statue click here to visit their website.
One of the greatest man made inventions of all time would have to be the Aeroplane. It was easy enough to believe that man could travel along land and sea propelled by a motor but to be able to fly in the air against the forces of gravity was a little harder for most people to comprehend.
Richard Pearse who was born just north of Washdyke on a farm at Waitohi believed air flight was possible and he built one of the first flying machines in the world to prove it. Many believed he was the first man in the world to make a solo flight even before the Wright brothers. The Timaru airport at Levels has been desirably named The Richard Pearse Airport. There are many stories written about this man's work and here is the link to just one of them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pearse
Washdyke is well known as an industrial community with many small and large manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and service industries. The following is a collection of stories about some of them.
The owner of Dave�s Auto Repairs is Dave Berry.
Ten years after Dave finished his apprenticeship he then went to England where he worked for Man VW working on Trucks and Buses. When he returned to New Zealand he took a break from mechanical work and worked on farms for 2 years.
He has a mechanical mind and his passion was always in motor mechanics so in 1991 he started Daves Auto Repairs at 45 Laughton Street Washdyke where he still trades today.
If it has an engine either petrol or diesel Dave can fix it even if it needs a complete engine rebuild. Fuel injection cleaning, brakes, clutches, batteries tyres, and total engine management services.
Daves Auto Repairs are also agents for Briford Trailer and Pro-ma Systems Performance products.
Call and see Dave at Daves Auto repairs and receive personal service.
Dave Berry with his Ute outside his workshop at 45 Laughton Street Washdyke
Canterbury Long Run Roofing at 66 Racecourse Road has been in Washdyke for as long as its name. The company was recently sold in 2007 to E R Freeman Ltd from Nelson. The company owns Freeman Roofing in Nelson and Roof Line Marlborough in Blenheim. In addition to the Washdyke factory they also have a factory in Ashburton called Long Run Roofing Ashburton. which comes under the Washdyke management.
Neil McRae, formally of McRaeway Homes is the manager of both factories and he became the manager in January 2008. There are 7 of a staff in Timaru and 5 in Ashburton. Grant Penny is in charge of sales for the Ashburton factory and Lorraine Willets is in charge of quoting and supervising the work for the 3 Timaru roofing teams.
The steel comes to the factory in various coloured 3 tonne coils and is rolled out on to a profile that forms the steel into its shape.
Corrugated and cantadek (5 rib) roofing, cladding, ridging, weather boards, flashings, galvanised Purlins, facia and guttering are all manufactured in house. They also supply fasteners, screw nails, and building paper.
If your roof needs it then Canterbury Long Run Roofing can supply it. There flashings bending machine will bend up to 10 metres of iron in length and is believed to be the only 10 metre machine in the South Island.
Another unique part of their business is purling making they are the only maker of purlins South of Christchurch.
Neil gave me a tour through the factory and it�s not until you get to see just how a roof is made that you appreciate what keeps you dry.
Canterbury Long Run Roofing is a real asset to Washdyke and the building industry in general. The Company services clients from Palmerston to Rakaia and anywhere in between.
4 of the Timaru staff standing alongside one of the company's work utes. Left to right, Lorraine Willets, Jennie Waldron, Alf Keen, Mark Willetts and Neil McRae.
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