Monday, October 31, 2011

Thames (NZ) 'The First Time': CAR TRAVEL

Still looking for first time that a car was seen in Thames, but there is a great description for TE AROHA.
March 1902 saw the first motor car, in Whitaker Street, Te Aroha.

Thames Star 10 March 1902
 In 1904, Mr ADAMS travelled from Coromandel to Thames in 3 3/4hours. A distance of 43 miles, travelling at an average of 13 miles an hour!

Later in Thames in 1905, there was delight when Mr and Mrs MYERS came to town in their car, after a trip to Rotorua. They reportedly had met with much attention all along the way!
Thames Star 16 November 1904

Thames Star 17 January 1905

Having travelled by the ps Wakatere from Auckland, these travellers above are being met by a motor car on the Thames Wharf. (Approx 1910s)

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