Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Thames (NZ): A look inside A & G Price 1906

Thanks to the photography of Mr W H Bell, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum Collection, we are able to see what it was like to be working at A & G Price in 1906.

"A &G Price Thames Pattern Shop in Golden Crown Shed"
Written on verso "I'll be writing to Hill sometime within the next month about that favourite topic of his [addressed to] Mrs W. Goldie Pakatoa Is. Auckland"

 "The Firm's Latest Production"
 "Built for N.Z.R. A&G Price Thames"
Written on verso "Wishing you many happy returns of the day if I do not write again before then. F.H.B. [addressed to] Mrs W. Goldie Pakatoa Is. Auckland"

 "A &G Price Thames Erecting Shop"
Written on verso "Give my love to the family. I will send some more cards next week [addressed to] Mrs W. Goldie Pakatoa Is. Auckland"

"A &G Price Thames Machine Shop"
Written on verso "I am sending you another batch of card of my own manufacturer [addressed to] Mrs W. Goldie Pakatoa Is. Auckland"

"A &G Price Thames Cnr of Fitting Shop"
Written on verso "A corner of the fitting shop showing an oil engine in course of constructions [addressed to] Mrs W. Goldie Pakatoa Is. Auckland"

Below: a close-up from the postcard above.

Who was Mr BELL?
In the source record, the photographers name is given as F E BELL, BUT on the reverse side of the postcards it is noted as an addendum that the photographer is Mr F H Bell, and the cards are addressed to his sister Mrs W Goldie.

Mrs William Thomas Goldie, was  Rosalinda Mary Bell, the sister of FRANK HAMILTON BELL (1880-1956).

In the 1905 electoral roll, Mr Bell was a draftsman of Thames. By 1938, occupation is given as engineer. In 1954, Mr Bell is living at 181 Queen Street, Thames. He was married to Daisy May Carter.

Frank Hamilton Bell, the photographer who took the above photos worked at A & G Price and lived in the Owen / Queen Street area. Bell is interred at Totara Cemetery, Thames.

Further information on Mr Bell is available in the Thames Star at Paperspast:
Involved in Steam Bus development 1931.