|Source: 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19350925-52-3'|
ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL SOURCES OF THE AUCKLAND PROVINCIAL FISH SUPPLY: UNITS OF THE FISHING FLEET IN PORT AT THAMES
"Fishing is carried on extensively at Thames, better known as a goldmining town, at the head of the Firth of Thames. Freezing and storage works are available to cope with the supplies of fish, a large proportion being sent to markets in the Auckland provincial district. "
From a historical perspective, the wharf is busy and during the 1930s depression was providing a regular source of income for a number of families...plus a ready food supply. The men are busy mending nets, ahead of another days fishing. For the genealogist often trying to identify the age of photographs it is worthy to examine the clothing. The hat a standard accessory while a jacket is common. Braces can be seen on the man kneeling in the back row - how many can remember those?
Today the wharf is still has a fish shop and workers busily preparing seafood for the day's trade. The smokehouse still burns and fills the air with familiar aromas. A café on the wharf edge has attracted folk back to the area, to come and spend some time at the once thriving port.
|Google maps satellite image of the Shortland Wharf area|