The 2017 Historic Hamilton calendar is hot off the press and sports a new look for next year – just in time for Christmas.
For the past five years Hamilton City Libraries has produced calendars featuring Hamilton’s history, from their extensive heritage collection of photographs.
Each one had a theme which generally included some very old photos spanning the city’s development, says librarian Perry Rice.
The 2017 calendar theme is Within Living Memory.
“The images are in the main showing recent history around the last quarter of the 20th century, so including many younger folk in the memories these calendars conjure up,” Perry says.
Photos include children swimming in the Garden Place fountain in 1991, the Embassy Theatre looking a bit tired in 1992, a Waikato Times newspaper cart, the Frankton Borough Town Hall being used for roller skating and festive Christmas decorations on J & J Court building in 1967.
The calendar also promotes the Walking Tour which can be downloads as smartphone apps. In addition to the wall hanging format, a desk version is available.
The calendars sell for a very reasonable $5, from any library branch in Hamilton. Remember, however, that the Central Library is temporarily closed – there is a pop-up version in the Municipal Building Reception Lounge.
- Perry Rice has written some very fine columns for Number 8 Network on many of these photographs, look here for a piece on traction engines, here for threshing wheat and here for an olde time Hamilton butcher shop.
For more information or to find out about the heritage collection, click here.