Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thames (NZ): 1951 view of Fenton Street Shops

A previous blog post looked at the first shop in Fenton Street in 1895, that belonged to Mrs GRUBB.

Here is a 1951 view of the shops in Fenton Street, where Mrs Grubb first had her shop. They are at the lower right end of the photo, on the left (west) side of Heale Street. The road running across the lower section of the photo is Fenton Street. See Thames South School over to the left of the photo on Rolleston Street - in those days known as Bowen Street.
In the 1950-51 Street Directory the residences on the north side of Fenton Street from Bowen to Heale Street are: Roy Johns, Clk; Dgls McDonnell, Mech; Jno Beckett; R R Christie, Clk; Gren W Purchase, Grocer; Mrs M Purchase, Store.

Below is an enlargement, showing the shops at the corner of Heale and Fenton Streets, Thames in 1951.

Above: April 1951, Thames.
Source: Thames, Thames - Coromandel District. Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-27514-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.