Perhaps nothing has changed after all - except the restrictions. A review of the early papers gives countless reports of firework celebrations. They were used all year round, and Thamesites needed little excuse to have a firework display. They were used at the wharf to send off boats, along with at random celebrations/meetings and Anniversaries. Along with being let off on the 5th of November, each year.
|Thames Star 6 Nov 1874|
|Thames Star 5 Nov 1880|
|THE GRAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM THE END OF THE RAILWAY WHARF, AUCKLAND, ON THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 10, 1908.
Source: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19080820-14-2