Anaroa

Anaroa Cave

Photo caption – “INTEROIR [Interior] OF LIMESTONE CAVE. ANAROA”

From “Early Stations of Hawke’s Bay” by Miriam McGregor, 1970 – ‘…Anaroa means “long cave” ….It is thought possible that the valley was once a lake fed by the main spring, and that an earthquake split the rock and allowed the water to escape to form the waterfall. There is an opening near the waterfall which may once have been the entrance to a cave which has now become closed.’

Anaroa Cave

Men at entrance to limestone caves, Anaroa

From “Early Stations of Hawke’s Bay” by Miriam McGregor, 1970 – ‘…Anaroa means “long cave” ….It is thought possible that the valley was once a lake fed by the main spring, and that an earthquake split the rock and allowed the water to escape to form the waterfall. There is an opening near the waterfall which may once have been the entrance to a cave which has now become closed.’

Anaroa Railway Line

Railway lines and winch for carrying out timber, probably from Anaroa Sawmill, about 1906

Anaroa Sawmill

Anaroa Sawmill worker with large circular saw
Corkscrew de-barker in foreground

Anaroa Sawmill 1906

Bullocks carting out sawn timber from Anaroa Sawmill, 1906

Anaroa Sawmill 1906

Stacking sawn timber onto rail wagon, Anaroa Sawmill, 1906

Anaroa Sawmill 1907

Stacks of sawn timber
Bullocks leaving Anaroa Sawmill for railway line, pulling wagons laden with timber, 1907

Anaroa Sawmill Camp

Possibly camp at Anaroa Sawmill, about 1906

Anaroa Sawmill Camp

Camp at Anaroa Sawmill, about 1906

AWS Longley was teacher at Anaroa School in 1906. He took many photographs of the area while he was there

The sawmill was established by Henry Carlson in the early 1900s and was worked for about 8 years.

Anaroa Sawmill Camp

The new phonograph player at Anaroa sawmill camp

Photo caption – “THE PHONOGRAPH   ANAROA”

Anaroa Sawmill Winch

Winch at Anaroa Sawmill, probably about 1906

Anaroa Sawmill Winch

Heavy duty winch and log harvester, probably at Anaroa, 1906

Anaroa School Pupils 1906

Written on board  – “Anaroa School, Oct 1906”

Photo caption – “Photo By A.W. Longley”

Arthur William Sharland Longley was the teacher/photographer.

Anaroa School was open until 1912, according to “Behind Every School – The History of the Hawke’s Bay Education Board” by Kay Matthews, 1988.

From “Early Stations of Hawke’s Bay” by Miriam McGregor, 1970 – ‘…He [Henry Carlson] also built the Anaroa post office, and the Anaroa school which served the children of his thirty employees.