Located opposite Tanilba House, Meridian Park, like Sunset Park is an example of the Garden City principles of subdivisions.
Henry’s subdivisions were aesthetically more pleasing and more interesting than the chessboard design in other subdivisions in the 1920s and 1930s.
The inclusion of huge amounts of public space; parks, squares, reserves, and play and picnic grounds encouraged social interaction.
Circle of Palms
Stoneworks & Other Facilities in Meridian Park
There are several stonework seats and plaques dedicated to the Caswell & Halloran families who were the early white families who shaped the settlement of the area.
Lime is produced from oyster shells in a kiln through a process called “calcination.” Oyster shells that were gathered from the Tanilba foreshore were heated in a kiln to a very high temperature, causing the calcium carbonate to break down into calcium oxide (quicklime) and carbon dioxide.
The chemical equation for the production of calcium oxide (quicklime) from calcium carbonate (oyster shells) through calcination is:
CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) + heat = CaO (calcium oxide) + CO2(carbon dioxide)
This process removes the carbon dioxide from the shells, leaving behind the calcium oxide, which is the lime. The lime was mixed with sand to make mortar. This mortar was used to build Tanilba House.