We have to assume it was about the area now occupied by the Golf Club (that being along the river).
The photo is a glass plate negative donated to the library sometime prior to 1975. The information we were given is that the launch was the ‘NZ Dairy Co Launch’.
The question is, did the dairy company really run launches to collect cream? The library does have other photos showing cream collection via boats on the river via open channels from the dairy shed to the cream cans on the boat.
In this picture it looks as if the cans (and large cans at that) are loaded via a plank on to the boat. That operation would surely have asked no small amount of dexterity and balance. It may well be that the dairy company operated boats but this boat does have a ‘Roose Shipping Co’ look about it.
I suppose the other thing that this picture tells us is that it was then easier in every respect to transport cream by river than by road. That leads to the next question, was there a road nearby and, at any rate, were the dairy companies around Waikato operating fleets of cream lorries by 1908? A picture is indeed worth a thousand words – not to mention several questions.
– Photograph copyright Hamilton City Libraries