Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thames (NZ): Then & Now - Sealey Street cattle route

The 1900s view below, shows a bullock team outside Thames High School, at the corner of Sealey and Rolleston Streets. While similar photos show this could have been for a parade, it was normal to see cattle walking the streets of Thames.

Above: Sealey Street view 2012, looking up to the Una Hill.
When roading changes were made in the 1940s, a concern for many residents was what effect would this have on the stock route through the town. The changes saw section of Baillie Street closed.
Cattle would come down the Karaka Road and also from north of Tararu down Baillie Street, out to the abattoirs at Totara.

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