...are you sure we're not in Guatemala now, Dr...?
I Maya had such a thought myself at the time ...
And Nora - that police horse looks like it's been set up for flowers in its hair, even if too well groomed for authentic 1967.
Parts of ancillary buildings out the back with indoor-outdoor flow
somehow express the spirit of workers past
integrated with ongoing ecology.
The features of this historic precinct are recognised by the Historic Places Trust, but oddly it describes the freezing works as
an industrial ruin. It is a rich statement about the failures of the promise of capitalism,
– which is a bit rich –
and an escape from the predictability, sameness and sense of control [generally] found in the built environment.
Fairenough. But to return to the beginning, I strongly suspect a typical Aucklander’s perception of Tokomaru Bay’s relative remoteness/
inaccessibility today would be greater than it was 100 years ago when sea travel around the North Island and northern South Island at least was still the norm.
Soon an extension doubling the frozen storage capacity was needed – there was a war on in Europe, demand for the frozen mutton was intense, prices good, but it was hard to organise regular shipping.
So they built it out over the adjacent stream on 6-8-metre concrete columns, no trouble.
The wharf to service the freezing works, which was conceived in 1909, built mainly in 1910 on "the most up-to-date principles", and operated from Jan 1911 until 1952 when it was by-passed by the changes in transport infrastructure, starting with practical roads.
A small part of the seaward façade of the works – layers of history on top of the 1 million-plus bricks used to build the works (and a few more in 1912 for the Shipping Coy etc.) all made on the spot with the on-site clay. More straightforward and cheaper then than shipping them in.
The graf art spells EAST COAST, on a background of pale blue matching the shade sported by the East Coast Rugby Union.
The eyes of history looking in – or is it out? – to/from the boiler room.
Here the Tokomaru wharf in its upgraded 1939/40 form. The much better known 1929 wharf at Tolaga Bay, now restored, is more than twice as long …
but less interesting I reckon.
Tokomaru Bay’s southern headland beyond is Te Mawhai, pretty interesting too. These photos in December 2010 – work was underway to make the remains of the timber business end of the wharf ‘safer’.
Don't leave home till you've seen the country… We had a fantastic caravan expedition to the Coromandel and East Cape a couple of years ago. This one was taken at Tologa Bay.
Thoroughly agree, and great to see this inclusion of the far-off exotic land of the East Coast. The map would spell it Tolaga Bay, but these apparently “new offices” of The New Zealand Shipping Coy Ltd are instead at the Waima end of Tokomaru Bay, a little further north of Gisborne.
A small part of an extensive warehouse and woolstore, new in 1912.
The boss’s house at left, through the phoenix palms, from half way along the former tramline connecting the warehouse to the wharf.
Graeme - in writing this lengthy post, did you at any point pause to think it possible that you may be mistaken?
To me, there's a tone throughout it that suggests not.