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The Nelson Photo News



In Earlier Days


An historic visit of an historic aircraft. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith lands the Southern Cross on the Nelson Aero Club's aerodrome at "Oaklands", Stoke, on March 18, 1934. Lady Kingsford-Smith later opened the club's new hangar, seen at left rear.


We've had considerable difficulty in trying to identify the bridge in this scene. The photograph was taken before 1900, we believe, and it has been suggested to us that this was one of the early bridges across the Maitai River at Trafalgar Street. That being the case, the photograph was taken from the Sports Hall site. It seems to have been a gala occasion, judging from the flags flying on the bridge. The opening, perhaps?


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Port Nelson, before the turn of the century. The picture was taken from the Boulder Bank looking towards the wharves. Note the hills behind the port devoid of all housing. When this picture was taken, ships entering and leaving port had to negotiate the old entrance past the Arrow (Fifeshire) Rock. In the Bottom picture, the cut through the boulder bank has been completed and ships were able to enter the port at any tide.