IT WAS A dark and not terrible stormy night, but thick fog was blanketing Gordonton Rd when these two vehicles collided head-on back in the 1940s.
Number 8 Network loves old photos, especially if they’re from around here. So we’re launching a new series, The Old Photo Album, where we will share some of our favourite old pics and look forward to offerings from other keen photo-hounds and lovers of all things historic.
In this particular photo, Gordonton farmer Jack Riddell, my father-in-law, was driving his little brother Walter, Walter’s girlfriend (later wife) Shirley and his sister Margaret home from a Scottish dance in Hamilton. A fine time was had by all. They had borrowed their father’s 1938 Ford V8. Just past Sainsbury Rd, they ran into Bill Caswell, who had been at a wedding in the village.
The occupants got out of their vehicles, inspected the damage, dusted themselves off and walked home for a restorative cup of tea. Another sister, Clarice, was at a dance in Komakorau at the time. Now living in Tauranga, she can remember it well.
“It was a good thing no one was hurt. Margaret was asleep in the back!”
It’s a good bet no one was wearing seat belts, in fact, they probably weren’t even fitted – it only became compulsory to buckle up in January 1975 in NZ.
But life, and cars, were slower back then and there was always time for a cuppa after a little set-to. Actually, there’s always time for a cup of tea.
- And so starts the N8N Old Photo Album. If you have a photo gem that shows life in our patch in days gone by, send it through! We’d love to see and share it here.
- This story was first published on May 4 2018