The photographs are from Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand), and the registration numbers are C.014006, C.014007, and C.014008. We recently looked at C.014008 and managed to find the Hazelbank Hotel.
What we see with these images, (thanks to Tom and others for the clues), is that while photographers over 100 years ago may not have had the fancy cameras of today, they were quite capable of taking images that could be later blended together to make a panorama view.
A Closer Look.
On the far left, the Waiokaraka School can be seen, with the Waiokaraka Flat to the South. Mackay Street leading to the hospital is hardly visible. At least we can see a few livestock grazing on the bare ground. Why is it that Thames scenes always look like a ghost town. Why did they never take photos at a busy time of the day!!!! The Waiokaraka Flat was a popular sports ground for many decades, although historians such as Toss Hammond recalled it was hard on the knees when tackled! Due to the rocks and other mining debris.
** *Interesting comments on why scenes look like ghost Towns - it has to do with film exposure times - in the early photos this could be minutes, hence why moving objects will not be seen or merely as a blur. (Thanks Dick for the hint) ***
The central view that looks down Pollen Street, shows a wonderful array of trees - the ones that we were talking about a few weeks back. The section below is the corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets.