Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thames (NZ): Rolleston Street Shops

The shops in Thames were not just confined to the Pollen Street area. Grahamstown had a thriving business community spread over several streets (a topic for another day!). Apart from the Mary Street shops, Rolleston Street also boasted it's share of business establishments.

The photo below was taken in 1875, and looks down from the side of Sealey Street onto Rolleston Street. Note the large number of shops, plus there are some on the side nearest the camera. The hospital is further to the right and the St George's Church can be seen to the right of centre.
1875 circa. View over Rolleston Street
Source: Thames Hospital Pictorial CD, Waikato Hospital Board Collection
The next photo was taken around early 1900s. Dramatic with the view that stretched down Baillie Street, through the area now the Thames Hospital Campus and the third block south, through the Thames High School Campus. For today though the spyglass is on Rolleston Street.
Overlooking Thames. View of Thames from Bird In Hand Hill looking south down Rolleston Street, circa 1900. The church steeple and roof of St George's Church (Anglican), Mackay Street, can be seen on the right. The hospital is in the middle foreground.
 Price, William Archer, 1866-1948 :Collection of post card negatives. Ref: 1/2-001540-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23069788
The enlargement below shows the Rolleston Street shops as they still existed c1900. From the 1898 Auckland Directory for Thames we know who owned the shops and or residences. Starting from the left at Sealey Street intersect and coming back to Mary Street intersect the shops were:
R BATEMAN (Butcher), Francis SIMPSON (Dealer), William HOSKING (Grocer), Mrs SCHMIDT (School Teacher), Mrs SINCOCK, G MACAULAY (Baker), MRs RAYNER (Fruiterer), W H SMITH (Miner), Archibald CURRIE (Bootmaker), William DEEBLE (Grocer & Butcher) and Wm MORRISON (Post Office Hotel) 

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