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The Gisborne Photo News



Pictures from the Past

Two further pictures from the collection of Mr Denys W. W. Williams are from the very early days, of Gisborne.


This picture, dated 1871, shows the infant township of Turanga (later named Gisborne) with its business area just becoming defined.
Captain Read's original dwelling and store is in the foreground, but his newer store can be seen at the junction of the Waimata and Taruheru rivers, in the middle distance.
Note the creek beyond the vessel in midstream. This flowed out through the Harbour Board section, in Lower Read's Quay, and has long since been piped and filled in.
The schooners in the stream are the "Tawera" and the "Atlanta".


In view of the recent serious fire in the present Gisborne Courthouse, this picture is of special interest. It shows the original Gisborne Courthouse, on the site now occupied by the store of Adair Bros., on the corner of Gladstone Road and Grey Street. It was the refuge of many European settlers during the Hauhau troubles, and was connected with the block-house on the present site of the Police Station by a deep trench.