Unsolved mysteries

Perhaps you know where some of the photographs below were taken?  If you can help, please note the number related to each image with your comment below. Click on the images to enable enlargement.

1) Its summer here…

Untitled (pohutukawa fringed beach), circa 1965, New Zealand. National Publicity Studios. Purchased 2003. Te Papa

Untitled (pohutukawa fringed beach), circa 1965, New Zealand. National Publicity Studios. Purchased 2003. Te Papa

2) North Island wharf

North Island wharf, 1960 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

North Island wharf, 1960 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

3) Is it Otago harbour? And if so, what is the view of?

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Te Papa

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Te Papa

4) Coastal view – probably North Island

New Zealand coastline scenery, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.
New Zealand coastline scenery, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

 

5) Pushing a car through a township somewhere in the North Island

North Island township scene - pushstarting a stalled motorcar, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

North Island township scene – pushstarting a stalled motorcar, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

6) Summer again…

Untitled (beach cove), circa 1965, New Zealand. National Publicity Studios. Purchased 2003. Te Papa

Untitled (beach cove), circa 1965, New Zealand. National Publicity Studios. Purchased 2003. Te Papa

7) 19th century factory – perhaps near Dunedin?

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Te Papa

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Te Papa

8) A coastal Northland township

Coastal scenery, Northland, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

Coastal scenery, Northland, 1950 s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

9) A real local in Rona Bay, Eastbourne – is the house still there?

Eastbourne Villa, 1921. Maker unknown. Gift of Margaret and John Christie, 1979. Te Papa

Eastbourne Villa, 1921. Maker unknown. Gift of Margaret and John Christie, 1979. Te Papa

 

10) Somewhere in the Coromandel?

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Purchased 1991. Te Papa

Untitled, 1880s. Burton Brothers. Purchased 1991. Te Papa

11) No clues here….

Untitled, 1890s, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Untitled, 1890s, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

12) Damage from the 1931 Napier earthquake – which bridge is it?

Untitled, circa 1931, Hawke's Bay. Maker unknown. Gift of Mrs J Paterson, date unknown. Te Papa

Untitled, circa 1931, Hawke’s Bay. Maker unknown. Gift of Mrs J Paterson, date unknown. Te Papa

13) Main street, Greytown?

Street scene, circa 1875, Wairarapa. James Bragge. Te Papa

Street scene, circa 1875, Wairarapa. James Bragge. Te Papa

23 Responses

  1. Robyn

    No. 6 looks like Whale Bay on the Tutukaka coast, Northland.

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  2. Jo Brightwell

    Number 5 looks like Kaeo. That would be Kaeo Mountain in the background and Pye’s Hall up the stuff street. Agree with Ross re his comments too. Number 8 is Whangaroa Harbour as Ross states. The Marlin Hotel in the background.

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    • Pat Tauroa

      No 5 Kaeo Cnr Waikare Ave and Leigh Street. The mountain is Pohue pa – pa of Te Puhi, Te Ara and Ngahururu. Square building on the right is the old ANZ bank

  3. Jeanette Arnold (Jenny Hobbs)

    Here’s the same view roughly, the large square front 2 storey Villa in the early photo was a school house (Min Education owned and for teachers), not sure if it is still owned by them but if so I really hope the building is a heritage protected one. This view (pate it in your browser)

    https://www.google.co.nz/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d173.74356!3d-35.047726!2m2!1f180!2f86.56!4f75!2m7!1e1!2m2!1sHoRWeecwtkc1sTKoR4jlQg!2e0!5m2!1sHoRWeecwtkc1sTKoR4jlQg!2e0&fid=5

    see’s just the corner of the roof (red) peeping out. I would like to know who owned the car with this No. Plate back in the day….locals in small town recognise each other by their vehicle passing by – as often as not and it may be a relative of some of us….? Can Te Papa check with the NZ car registrations of the day? I pulled the photo up close and it is clear as a bell, the No. plate, that is.

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  4. Kirsty Cox

    Actually maybe it isn’t but it looks very similar!

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  5. Kirsty Cox

    No. 2 definitely is Mangonui in the Far North.

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  6. Lucy Telfar Barnard

    According to Papers Past (http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=HNS18961020.2.30.4), photo 10 may be Kuaotunu, where Tammadge and McSheffrey’s store was destroyed in a fire in October 1896.

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  7. Neil

    N0 2 could be the wharf at Point Howard in Wellington Harbour.

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  8. Lissa Mitchell

    Rebecca – it is definately Ravensbourne (see above) but the date is uncertain. They could be telegrah lines which were installed between Dunedin and Port Chalmers soon after the Chch to Lyttleton lines were put up in 1862.

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  9. Lissa Mitchell

    Thanks Sue McMillan – I agree that it is Ravensbourne. Looking at the buildings below the church (which seems to have gone now) – there is the Post Office and the old Coronation Town Hall with the site between occupied now by the Lodge Maori No 105. You can also see the two shops back towards Dunedin still there as well.

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  10. Lissa Mitchell

    Thanks Ross – this one looks like it

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  11. Rebecca Taiaroa

    Number 3 isn’t from the 1880′s – the photo clearly has power polls along the side of the road that follows the costline. Is this possibly looking at Port Chalmers?

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  12. Mary James

    No 6 Looks very like Cactus Bay Waiheke Island.

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  13. Ruth Greenaway

    1- cold be ohiwa beach eastern bay of plenty and 6. could be otarawairere – whakatane.

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  14. Sue Milner

    6 in the Kaiteriteri area-Little kaiteriteri?
    11 Knox College Dunedin?

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  15. Sue McMillan

    No.3 Is Otago Harbour. I think it’s looking at Ravensbourne, although I can’t quite place the church.

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  16. Ron Brownson

    Quick response – Eric Lee Johnson 2 is Opua I suggest. 6 is Rawene.

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  17. Ross Lyons from Totara North.

    No.5 may be in Kaeo, Northland, judging by the shape of the supermarket on the corner and the bank opposite. Supermarket still exists.
    No.8 is definately at Whangaroa between the township and wharf, the overhanging tree still exists and is seen in many photos of Whangaroa.

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    • Lissa Mitchell

      Hi Ross re: no. 8 Whangaroa is this the approximate view?

    • Ross Lyons from Totara North.

      no, you need to go back to approx 573 Whangaroa rd, more towards the township. I have some old b/w pics of the tree 1905ish, if you need them sent.

    • Pat Tauroa

      5 Kaeo, ANZ bank with Pohue pa in background
      8 Whangaroa village: pohutukawa tree, Marlin hotel still there, Marlin wharf, the church is still there as well – recently renovated.

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