Gardeners included some Chinese, who in 1881 had their gardens inspected for the possible use of blood from Mr West's slaughter house at Parawai. (1) The smell was found to be from houses' closets and general poor house drainage in the area.
In 1882 Mr William Davies advertised for a strong boy, to work in the garden, and preferably that he be able to milk. (2) Over subsequent years, the papers are full of for sale notices for large house properties that included large sections, with plenty of fruit trees. In 1900 a bargain could be had, 16 acres for 16 Pounds.
In 1919, the Mount Pleasant Nursery had tomatoes for sale for 5d a lb, or misshapen and small ones for 1 1/2d! (3)
In later years many readers will remember the large orchard at Harvey's, from which many of us collected fruit each year. Today the orchards and farms are gone, replaced with housing, State owned and private.
|1947 Mount Pleasant|
The photo above was taken in 1947 by V C Browne. The centre of the photo shows some housing development on the north side of Upper Grey Street, now known as Mount Pleasant Road.
|Source: Thames: Gateway to Beauty and Progress, by the Thames Public Relations Committee.|
Above: A view of Harvey Crescent, being readied for the housing development.
Below the view of Harvey Crescent today.