Working hard in 1909

Historic Waikato photo 1909


Albert Chapman subdividing the land along Piako Rd, 1909.  This photo, from Gordonton’s John Bridgman, is the second in a sequence taken by roaming photographer SC Smith.

In the background are the original Bridgman farmouse and stables.  Hamilton City Libraries librarian Perry Rice said the heritage section has many other SC Smith photos in the collection.

“He did a wonderful series of photos in and around Cambridge. Smith travelled the country with large pieces of equipment, over rough roads on horseback, in carts and occasionally he would have travelled by train.”

Click here for the earlier photo and story, which appears in Home Range magazine.

And if you have any classic, local photos, please send them in!

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