Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thames (NZ): View from Upper Albert Street to Wharf

A beautiful view from Upper Albert Street over to the Burke Street Wharf. The postcard was written by Rev E Clyde Grey. Grey was at Hikurangi and New Lynn in the late 1920s to 1930s, his connection to Thames has yet to be confirmed.

The postcard is full of many lost landmarks. At the lower centre of the card is the St Brigid's Catholic Church that was located in Queen Street (between Williamson and Albert Street). The back of the church is on the Pollen Street boundary. (photo right)

Near the foreshore on Beach Road is the Grahamstown Railway Station, that was located opposite the Williamson Street intersect. Taxicabs are lined up, no doubt waiting for passengers off the next train. The Royal Hotel is on the corner of Williamson and Owen Streets. (photo below)
Above is the view of Abraham Street on the right beside A & G Price's Foundry, and onto the railway sheds on Beach Road. Then the Burke Street Wharf, awaiting the next lot of boats as the tide permits.
Today the area to the right of the wharf is the Moanataiari Sub-division and full of residential houses.