lime kilnS


  Calcarenite rock outcrop at Kingston

Why was lime important?

Lime is needed to make the mortar that holds bricks and stone together in building.  It is also used in making plaster for lining walls. 


The calcarenite rock around Kingston is a type of limestone which can be burnt at high temperatures to make lime.


Lime burns the skin and eyes so making lime would have been an awful job for the convicts or Pitcairners.

Its uses during the First Settlement

A lime kiln was built in 1791 and a larger one was built in 1792.  A storage shed was built in 1802 because the colony was supplying NSW with lime.


Its uses during the Second Settlement

In 1829 an earlier kiln was repaired. A second kiln and storage sheds were built in the 1830s and another kiln was built in 1845.  That is the one that remains today.

Its uses during the Third Settlement

The Pitcairners made lime at the lime kiln from the 1860s until the 1940s.

Its uses today

The lime kiln is not in use today.

The base of the lime kiln where the lime was shoveled out



(From “The Archeological Survey of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale” Dept of Housing and Construction 1983)




  Kaelkaarenait rok autkrop iin Taun

Fut wi niid’ Laim?

Wi niid’ laim fe mek a morta fe hoel dem brik ena stoen t’gaeda iin bilden.  Orlsoe yuus’ yuus et fe meka plaasta fe laina worls. 


Daa kaelkaarenait rok raun Taun es wan kaina laimstoen wathen el ban aet hai temprachas fe meka laim.


Laim el ban’ skin ena ai soe meken dem laim wud bi bin es wan behd jorb fe dem kohnwik ala Pitkernas.

Wieh yuus et iin daa Fas Setelment

Dem bil wan laim kiln iin 1791 en wan biga wan se bild et iin 1792.  Dem bild wan storaj shed iin 1802 said daa kohloni wos saplaien NSW lorngfe laim.


Wieh yuus et iin daa Sekan Setelment

Iin 1829 wan erliya kiln se repeyaret. Dem bil wan sekan kiln ena storaj sheds iin dem 1830s en naeda kiln se bild et iin 1845.  Daas d’ wan gat desdieh.

Wieh yuus et iin daa Therd Setelment

Dem Pitkernas yuus mek’ laim aet daa laim kiln fram dem 1860s tal dem 1940s.

Wieh yuus et desdieh

Daa laim kiln nor yuusa yuus et desdieh.


D’ bies o’daa  laim kiln said dem laim yuus shawel et aut.