Posts Tagged ‘ Perry Rice ’

The grand architecture of Bisleys

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

A M Bisley & Co were, it seems, known (vaguely) as Bisleys Grain & Seed Merchants. That is the notation on the reverse of the photo index card in the library. This photograph shows that they were also insurance agents and land salesmen. They were more than that though and as the sign says, they

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Old-time carts carry the weight

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

Many people think the late-Victorian/Edwardian period romantic. In many ways those times were romantic (as seen now). Thing is though, I knew many folk in my younger days who had trudged through many years of those industrial times which lacked sophisticated technology we have today. I well recall a very elderly gentleman who had done

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No hard hats here

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

Look at this photo and count the number of things you cannot see. It’s a building site. Well, that may be considered ‘stating the obvious’ but if it were not concrete some may think it a demolition site because there are not the things you will see all over building sites today. If you can

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Where Hamilton began

Aug 15th, 2012 | By

This is Hamilton in 1898. In the foreground, on the eastern bank of the Waikato River, is Isaac Coates’ flax mill. To the extreme right is an18-year-old Mr Spilman, who gave us some details on the photo in 1970. At the time he was 90 years of age –  born in 1880! He could recall

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A walk down old Victoria St

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By

‘What,’ some Steampunk enthusiasts are wont to ask, ‘would it be like to wander about in the old-time buildings of Hamilton?’ Don’t have to wonder – go and do it. There is a goodly number of old-time photos in the library collection. The thing is, that’s a relative remark and it’s relative to your own

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Hats on for Edwardian picnic

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

We don’t see regattas as we used to.  As a lad I used to go to the local railway station near Dunedin, most conveniently located right alongside the harbour, and watch the yachting regatta. From the vantage point thoughtfully laid on by NZR (‘the railway’) which also incidentally sported a brightly coloured sign which warned,

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