Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thames (NZ): An early Grahamstown house

A previous post of an early view of Shortland, Thames, showed a large built up area from Mary Street South. There was a wide discrepancy in homes - ranging from tents, huts, cottages to very developed lots.

A higher definition photo shows that this house below, that was in the vicinity of Broad Street/Upper Albert Street in Grahamstown belonged to a wealthy, established early settler.
Source: Source: 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A16669'

The house sits on a fully fenced plot, that has a well established kitchen garden along with other trees and shrubs. A water tank to provide much needed 'fresh' water, along with a large chimney to keep the house warm and no doubt for cooking. There is detailed fret work along the roof line, while two men stand outside, the owner probably nearer the back door. (see larger photo below)

Who could the owner be? A mine owner/manager? Or perhaps an owner of a large business?