Hawke’s Bay Photo News 1963 – Number 055 June

Hawke’s Bay PHOTO NEWS
55th Issue
JUNE 1963

[Cover photo – Lovely Pamela Walker, our cover girl for this month, and the girl who will represent Hawke’s Bay in the Miss New Zealand Contest. Pamela, who is an. 18-year-old accounts clerk at the Napier branch of the State Advances Corporation, is interested in water skiing and horse riding.]

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Vol. 5
No. 7
June 1963

Editor Philip Moore

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Front Cover Lovely Pamela Walker, our cover girl for this month, and the girl who will represent Hawke’s Bay in the Miss New Zealand Contest. Pamela, who is an. l8-year-old accounts clerk at the Napier branch of the State Advances Corporation, is interested in water skiing and horse riding. We wish you the very best of luck in Dunedin, Pamela.
Photo by Hurst Studio

Back Cover Napier’s ducks are becoming just about as famous as London’s pigeons, and the trust in each other of wild bird and a little child, as in our picture is worth going a long way to see.

One of the two new additions to the Napier Sailing Club’s fleet is the Flying Dutchman yacht, “Sirius”, owned by Lyall Wiig.

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PARKHILL – BLACKFORD. Diane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Blackford, Napier, arrives at St. Augustine’s Church with her father recently for her wedding to Robert James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Parkhill, Havelock North.

RICHARDS – HOLLYMAN. Mr. and Mrs. Norman John Richards, who were married recently at St. Aidan’s Church, Clive. The bride is Lorraine Carol, daughter of Mr. and Mrs H. E. Hollyman, Clive. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Richards, Hastings.

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SHEARER – MCDONALD. Shown being piped out of St. Patrick’s Church, Napier, are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Henderson Shearer. The bride is daughter of Mr. and the late Mrs. D. M. McDonald, Napier, and the groom is the son of Mr. and the late Mrs. W. C. Shearer, Fife, Scotland. The Bridal Group are from left, Peter Hutchings, Karen Florence, Groom and Bride, and Marisa McDonald.
Photo by A. W. Colley

HANDCOCK – HELLEUR. Pictured after their wedding recently at the Napier Baptist Church are Mr. and Mrs. Clive Handcock. The bride is Lynette Robin, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Helleur, Napier. The bridegroom is Stephen Clive, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Handcock, Haumoana.

HANCOCK – SAMMONS. The bride, Patricia, prepares to leave her taxi for her wedding at St. Andrew’s Church, Ahuriri, to Leonard Brian, son of Mr. and Mrs L. Hancock, Christchurch. Patricia is the daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. W. Sammons, Napier.

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Late for work, again! Neville Madden of 2ZC, accompanied by his breakfast, scoots along Hastings Street on his way to the studio. Neville had just been conducting the “breakfast session” from a bed in Christies’ window.

Two new members of the Georges Drive colony are a pair of black swans.

Robin Rickey, a young Napier ballet dancer, has been accepted as a student trainee member of the N.Z. Ballet Company. He has appeared in recitals in Napier and was principal male dancer in the recent production of “Where’s Charley?”
Photo by Hurst Studio

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Two of the principal leads in the Hastings Light Opera Company’s production “The Mikado”, strike characteristic poses. They are Koko (left) played by George Foster and Katisha by Noeline de Ott [Noelene D’Ott].

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“For he’s going to marry Yum Yum . . .” sings Pitti Sing (Juliet Conway) to Katisha (Noeline de Ott [Noelene D’Ott]).

“Take her. she’s yours . . .” says Koko to Nanki Pooh (Bob Murray).

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“Were you not to Koko plighted?” says Nanki Pooh to Yum Yum.

“Chop it off, Koko, chop it off.” Koko and Pooh Bah weigh up the matter of whose head is to roll.

“Lovely eyes, lovely hair . . .” Muse Koko and Nanki Pooh.

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“Three little maids from school are we . . .” And the attractive maids are, from left: Juliet Conway, Janice Marple, and Naomi Jagger.

Pish Tush (Anthony Bewley), Koko (George Foster) and Pooh Bah, (Jack McEwan) have something under discusssion.

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A sextette of attractive coolies. Back row from left: Suza Scofield, Kay Dawson, and Mary Mackenzie; Centre: Glenys Powdrell and Brenda Keay; Front row: Loraine Coombe.

Bob Murray, as Nanki Pooh, takes time off during the show for words with Loraine Coombe, a coolie.

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Napier St. John Ambulance attendant Peter Gibson, aided by a Central Hawke’s Bay player, carries off a Taupo player injured in the foot during the first match on Sub-Union day at McLean Park, Napier.

Hastings winger A. Brown prepares to throw out a pass to supporting back A. Pickard (left) during the match against Dannevirke. Hastings won the game 14-0.

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Dannevirke forward M. Peachey breaks clear of the pack in a determined bid during play against Hastings.

A racing Taupo player lunges in to tackle Central Hawke’s Bay back J. de Latour, kicking for touch. Central Hawke’s Bay defeated Taupo 23-3.

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Dannevirke forward W. Jones shoots the ball out to the waiting hands of half-back E. Halford, during play in the match against Hastings.

Racing Wairoa centre A. McKnight hotly pursued by Napier forwards had a short-lived freedom, being lowered within a split second of this shot being taken.

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Hastings and Havelock North firemen had a hard battle subduing this oil-fed fire in St. Andrew’s Road, Havelock, recently. The orchardist’s shed which contained a late-model Volkswagen car, a tractor and valuable farm machinery were all lost in the blaze. The property was owned by Mr. G. Cockburn, Havelock Road. Pictures show the gutted shed and a close-up view of the burnt-out car.

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Two small boys gaze in awe at quarter-scale models of the sea-to-air missile “Seacat” – part of a compact Navy display unit which made its first appearance in Hawke’s Bay at the Taradale Festival last week.

Colin and Clive Lohta performing their spectacular routine 70 feet above Taradale Festival last week.

The bad man of the tag wrestling arena which drew large crowds at the Taradale Festival receives some rough treatment from an opponent.

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Once again, the Nation pays homage to its glorious dead, and the veterans march again; above, Napier’s Returned Services men, and below, Taradale march to pay their respects to comrades who made the supreme sacrifice.

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The scene at the Napier Sound Shell during the Service of Remembrance.

The simple ceremony at the Taradale Garden of Remembrance.

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CAMERON – HALES. The wedding took place at St Michael’s Church, Porangahau, recently, of Gloria Ann Hales eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hales, Porangahau, to Ian Russell, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Cameron, Napier. The group from left to right are: Alan Single, Beverly Cook, Errol Hales, Deena Ross, Barry Hales and Sandra Hales. Flower girls are Debra Mills and Gillian Ross.
Photo by Wendy Studios

GALLIEN – IRELAND. At the Presbyterian Church, Porangahau, Diana Joyce, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. J. Ireland, Porangahau, was married to Barry Norman, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Gallien, Mangoarapa, Parangahau. The reception was held at the Memorial Hall, Porangahau. The group from left to right are: Mr. and Mrs. Gallien, Iain Angus, Meralyn Ireland, Bruce Ireland, Marion Mitchell, Noel Gallien and Diana Atkinson. The flower girl is Jackie Owens.
Photo by Wendy Studios

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Bruce and Ralph, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Olsen, Hastings, are shown at their 21st birthday party.
Candid Camera Studies.

Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. O’Keefe, Scotland, celebrated her 21st at a friend’s home in Napier.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

Ngaire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. Compton, Putorino, celebrated her 21st birthday at the Putorino Hall. She is shown here with her parents.

Noel, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Jackson of Takapau, is shown with his parents at his 21st, which was held at home.
Photo by Wendy Studios

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An Important Part of New Zealand’s Education

Evening classes are playing an increasingly important part in New Zealand education, and large numbers of adults attend classes in the wide range of courses available. This fosters an interest in education generally and benefits the country as a whole.

Hastings Boys’ High School is well to the fore in this field, with one of the largest provincial evening schools in New Zealand. This year 91 classes in which there are more than 1500 students study such diverse subjects as Russian language and hairdressing, singing and welding.

The history of the Evening School is interesting and parallels the development of Hastings itself. There was an attempt to start night classes as long ago as 1909, but this failed and nothing further was done until 1923, when 72 students were enrolled. Unfortunately, attendances fell off so badly that the classes lapsed in 1925.

In 1938, a comprehensive programme was drawn up and classes commenced with 192 students. Since then the Evening School has prospered and today it provides a service of which the district can be justly proud.

Over the years, many citizens of all ages, but especially housewives, have found here not only a welcome change from daily household duties, but also happy and profitable relaxation in establishing new interests or in reviving old ones.

Concentrating on her Still Life painting is Beverley Murfitt of Hastings, one of the younger members of the art group.

Ticket-writer in the making. Miss G. Ebbitt working on an advertising sign.

Jan Clothier of Hastings was one of many other women taking advantage of the Cake Decorating class, spread out over eight weeks. The instructor is Mrs. N. Raison (left) of Havelock North.

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Men! You would be Proud to see the skill that these women display in the woodwork class. Mrs. B. Ericson, Havelock North, was making a sewing table.

Mrs. A. Wane of Havelock North squares off the bottom of a drawer on the handsaw for her desk in the making.

Mrs. Gammon, complete with spokeshave, was fashioning a hall table.

Mrs. M. Spence applies some pressure to the screwdriver while attaching the base to her machine table.

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Learning the rudiments of welding are Mr. J. Gordon, Hastings (left), and Mr. D. Claughton, Havelock North.

Demonstrating welding techniques to members of his class is Mr. Bruce Whitworth. Others from left are: Messrs. J. K. Donald, J. Paul, G. Kirk and J. Bennett.

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A very popular course offered at the Evening School is the car maintenance class which has a keen following of women students. Here Miss Pam Thompson gets to work on a demonstration motor while fellow students look on.

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Mrs. Robinson, Hastings, teaching an interested group the correct technique of haircutting at the hairdressing class.

A new lease of life for the dinning-room chairs. Mrs. J. Nott, Hastings, is re-covering her chairs at the home furnishing class.

Adept at wielding a tack hammer – Mrs T. Heeney is re-covering a lounge chair.

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If you’ve a flair for languages, then your search is ended as a wide range of such is included in the evening class syllabus. These two are studying Spanish. They are Mrs. J. Morrison and Mr. C. Anderson, both of Hastings.

The Art Workshop is a special group of advanced students who use the faculties of the school.

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They tackle some complex jobs at times – such as this group pulling down a fluid flywheel from an automatic transmission vehicle. Mr. J. Williams performs the operation watched by tutor Mr. A. Seddon (left) and Messrs. A. Moffatt and H. Pattle.

The dressmaking classes are just the thing for practical instruction. Mrs. J. L. Curtis (right) the instructor, helps Mrs. D. Parker, Hastings, with a pattern problem.

Mrs. R. Rosvall, Hastings, has nearly completed. an attractive child’s hat and coat set during her first term.

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Mrs. M. Binning, Hastings, limbering-up at the women’s Physical Culture class which is conducted in the school gymnasium. and attracts a large number of both single and married women.

Mrs. Ngaire Rohrs holds a difficult knee and hand balance.

Miss Rosemarie Berry, Hastings negotiating the balance bar.

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Mounted on a trailer, specially built for the job, the 70-foot trawler, built at Awatoto by Mr. R. Black, makes its slow but successful journey to the sea. This is possibly the largest boat on wheels that we have ever seen.

The “Miss Sno-Lyne” gets the green light as she passes through the Kennedy Road-Georges Drive intersection.

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Third time lucky. Mrs. E Watson, wife of a director of the company that owns the “Miss Sno-Lyne” had three attempts to christen the: vessel, but it was unlucky for the official party who were showered with wine from the bursting bottle.

Into her natural element “Miss Snow-Lyne” takes the water like a thoroughbred.

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Organised by Blythes Ltd. of Napier the quest for a Miss Hawke’s Bay, to enter the Miss New Zealand contest in Dunedin in, June, proved a great success, and the company was very grateful. for the response from the district. Above are the ten girls who entered the contest.

The six semi-finalists were judged on. deportment, speech and figure, and the three judges, who were Mrs. C. Rathbone, Miss McDonald and Mrs. Betty Gray, had a most difficult task. With the judges is the Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Tait, who took a keen. interest in the contest, and presented the awards to the winners.

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MISS PAMELA WALKER (18, Accounts Clerk)

MISS JOY MCINTYRE (18, Art Student)

MISS COLLEEN TAIT (22, Doctor’s Receptionist)


MISS COLLEEN SAMSON (25, Corsetiere)

MISS JENNIFER BRAZIER (l7, Receptionist)

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The moment of truth as the winner (Miss Pamela Walker, centre) is announced.

Miss Hawke’s Bay with her parents – Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walker.

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Locally-made cycles are rolling off the production line at Morrison Industries Ltd.’s new factory in Hastings. The campany’s general manager Mr. N. R. Eades (left) pictured accepting the first completed cycle from Sven Ostrom.

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Adding finishing touches to a gleaming man’s sports cycle are an employee Mr. A. Kivell (left) and Mr. G. Wenster, one of the Swedish engineers who has been advising on production.

Mrs. N. Evans, Hastings, tightening spokes into place in a wheel.

Mr. L. P. Judson, chief inspector, Checks over a bicycle nearing completion on the assembly line.

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Dick Wood, Lesley Murphy and Bernice McConnell in a scene from “Start the day right”. Looks like it, too!

Tommy Rang Taylor and his boomerang that won’t come back.

Looks a proper battle axe, don’t she – Jack Dallimore and Stan. Hambleton

What did the WAAC say to the Sgt. Major? – Erin Louisson and Ron Parker.

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Old soldiers never die (Bon Mountjoy) – and by the look on. Major Noel Simmons’ face he wished they would fade away. Ian Connell on the right looks just like a NAAFI manager.

A quiet game of noughts and crosses. Two “awkward squad” bods, Bill Dallimore and George Coldicutt.

By the pained expression on Bernard Read’s face Nolan Rafferty’s playing is not up to scratch.

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Artists from many parts of Hawke’s Bay recently attended a weekend art school in Napier conducted by Mr. Bryan Dew for the Council of Adult Education. Above: A group of the artists at work. Below left: Miss Maxine Bentley of Hastings, one of the models. Centre and right bottom show Bryan giving help to artists Susan Moore (Wairoa) and Allan Baldwin (Hastings).

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Nelson Park School’s annual gala drew a large attendance of parents and friends, and with the varied, entertainment proved an excellent outing for all. Above, Scottish Country Dancing on the lawns in front of the school, and below, senior pupils give gymnastic displays.

Donkey rides were, as always, popular with the younger set. Above is Tim Mayo and Diane Duley off on a trip round the school grounds.

A Fancy Dress Parade was another feature of the Gala. and Melody Mayo makes a pretty Bo Peep.

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Carolyn Treacher argues with Vivienne Whitcombe while Shirley Burridge makes an interested’ spectator during a scene from “The Willing Horse”, a play presented by the Raureka Kindergarten Mothers Club. The play gained second place during the recent Kindergarten Mothers Festival of One Act Plays, presented in Hastings.

A scene from “Candy Pink” produced. by the Parkvale Kindergarten Mothers Club. On the left is Mrs. O. Harkness, and right, Mrs. E. Jenkins.

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A cheeky look from Mrs. Carolyn Treacher of the: Raureka Kindergarten Mothers Club.

Producer, Mrs. Gladys Williamson, arranges Mrs Vivienne Whitcombe’s hair style.

Black Conscience, Mrs. Nanette Roberts, being made up by White Conscience, played by Mrs. Margaret Rosvall. Both are characters from, the play “Candy Pink”.

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Members of the Hastings Fire Brigade fight to save the property of a Pakowhai orchardist in Gilbertson’s Road, after a fire which started in the fruit packing shed had spread to the homestead.

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In an attempt to raise funds to renovate the Onga Onga town hall and add a Plunket room, the local residents are organising a series of events, two of which are featured here. Above is a Plunket baby show which got out of hand and, below, the Onga Gonewrongski Ballet gallops across the stage.

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Social Shots

DIAMOND WEDDING. Shown at their Diamond Wedding are Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Yortt, Hastings.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

Kathleen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jones, Havelock North, celebrated her 21st at the clubhouse at the Bridge Pa Aerodrome.
Photo by Batchelors Studios

GRANT – HAWKES. Shown after their wedding at St. Patrick’s Church, Napier, are Mr. and Mrs. Francis James Grant. The bride is Adrienne Beth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Hawkes, Tutira, and the groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Grant, Tutira. The bridal. party, from left, are: Miss S. Young, Mr. N. Keeling, Bride and Groom, Miss J. Hawkes (Junior Bridesmaid), Mr. B. Sinclair, Miss M. Grant, Mr. I. Grant, Miss J. Wilson.
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Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Olsen, Waipukurau, celebrated his 21st at the Masonic Hall, Waipukurau.
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Alvin Severinsen and Bazel Severinsen both celebrated their 21st at the Makarautu Hall, Takapau
Photo by Wendy Studios

Ngaire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Brain of Waipukurau, celebrated her 21st birthday at home.
Photo by Wendy Studios

Joyce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Arthur, Waipukurau, is seen cutting her cake at her 21st, at the Masonic Hall, Waipukurau.
Photo by Wendy Studios.

Ronald, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Boswell, celebrated his 21st birthday at Te Aute College.
Photo by Wendy Studios

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The new home of the Apostleship of the Sea was opened recently in Napier by the Most Reverend Owen Snedden, D.D., Aux. Bishop of Wellington. The Apostleship, a Catholic Church organisation, is scattered throughout the world, and its object is to provide a home and companionship for seamen regardless of their personal beliefs or colour.

Mr. Peter Tait and the Reverend father Spring, who were among the speakers at the opening.

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The Bishop of. Nelson, the Right Rev. F. O. Hulme- Moir, (right) speaking with Archbishop N. Lesser at a special tea. in the Assembly Hall, Hastings, on the eve of “Religion and Life Week” in Hastings recently.

A real mixer with people of all ages, the Bishop found a ready audience when he visited the Hastings Youth Club and later spoke to some 200 young people.

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J. Wattie Canneries gave the Bishop of Nelson fifteen minutes of production time when he visited the factory and spoke to some 300 assembled staff (above). He is pictured below arriving in the staff cafeteria with Mr. James Wattie (right) managing director of the company, and Mr. Noel Gibson (centre), field director of Open Air Campaigners. Mr. Gibson, originally from Hastings, had been invited to Hastings for “Religion and Life Week” to contact industry, and this he did very successfully, speaking to, some 2000-odd workmen and women during that time.

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A view of the packed grandstand at Nelson Park during the great Youth Rally, which was attended by uniformed members of most of the city’s youth organisations.

New Zealand champion and Olympic marathon runner Barry Magee took the platform at the great Youth Rally on the Saturday evening and gave his testimony to the 3000 young people who attended. Bishop Hulme-Moir (left) appears to be enjoying Magee’s words.

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Bert Crispen is instructing Allan Maclean in the finer points in the use of the long bow.

Dancing as usual is still the most popular activity of the Youth Club, as can be seen from the picture above.

With the start of the cooler weather, the Napier Youth Club gets into its stride again to provide all forms of relaxation for its members.

Table tennis, another activity of the Youth Club, is a well patronised’ sport

Rosemary Jeffares and Noeline Mary enjoy a game of draughts.

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Readers Pictures

Joe Walsh and his son Bernie, from Frankton Junction, are shown with an eel they caught in Purimu Creek, Greenmeadows. The eel was three feet long and weighed 11 pounds.

Quite a load for a horse. From left to right, Gregor McSporran, Robyn Schaw, Ian McSporran, Gillian Schaw, Shona McSporran, and Lynette Schaw, all sitting on Roly-Poly, which is around 15 years old.

Three local boys in different surroundings are, from left, Graeme Prebble, Barrie Dennehy, Maurie Keeling. They are pictured during a recent trip to Samoa and New Caledonia

Staff Nurse, Jocelyn Munro, formerly of Napier, who is now at St. Margarets Hospital, Epping, Essex, England.

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With more than, a hundred mouths to feed, Gordon Dine, curator of the Napier Aquarium, sometimes has his work cut out in finding enough food for all his hungry charges. Above we see Mr. Dine working with a net in a creek, searching for a species of shrimp and on the right the result of his efforts.

A handful of Tuberflex worms which are found in some creeks and again form part of the diet of the many and varied inhabitants of the Aquarium.

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On Wednesday, May 1st, a project started in 1960 by Firman’s Service Stations Ltd., came to fruition when the company’s new Service Station in Hyderabad Road, Napier, was officially declared open by the Mayor of Napier Mr. Peter Tait at a ceremony attended by about 150 loyal customers of long standing.

Situated on the main northern outlet to the city the Service Station is believed to be the largest and most up-to-date of its kind and has been planned to cater for every need of the travelling motorist.

With nearly forty years of mechanical and servicing experience to call on Mr. F. C. Firman, managing director of the company, was fully awake to the inadequacies of the station at Taradale Road where it had become increasingly difficult to keep up with the growth of his company’s clientele.

Just how inadequate it was is graphically illustrated in the photograph below. The new station could handle this large earth moving machine with ease and without interference with the flow of more routine traffic.

Four Lane Access

A feature of the Hyderabad Road Station, which will be of intense interest to the traveller, and the business man to whom time means money, is the manner in which the eight high speed petrol pumps have been sited on the extremely large concrete “apron” to give four lane access. Coupled with the more than adequate staff attending the pumps from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the, week, “Firmans” are obviously endeavouring to “keep up with the times” in catering for their customers as men and women who haven’t got all day to wait for service.

Historical Site

An interview with Mr. W. (Bill) T. Ennor, 78-year-old bricklayer of V 177 Carlyle Street, Napier, revealed that the site of the new service station holds considerable historical interest. He recalled that. the bricks used in the original. St. John’s Cathedral, which was destroyed in the 1931 earthquake, had been supplied, hand made, by the old Dolbel Bros. Brickworks which was built “Long before my time, somewhere around the 1880’s” said Mr. Ennor.

Mr. Ennor is perhaps not so impressed with the modem new building as he might be, for he was one of a small group who fought hard to keep the brickworks going, and it was he who called a meeting when in 1956 the works looked like closing down. He was successful in seeing a group of builders step in and take over, only to be disillusioned by the continued unprofitable operations and the eventual closing of the works two years later.

First of Three

The first of three brickworks to be built in Napier, and the last to close down, it had in later years turned out over 560,000 bricks a year and was at the time of the earthquake owned by Mr. Charley Morse, the then Mayor of Napier. To men like Mr. Button the tearing down of the old brickworks to make way for our modern high speed way of life will always remain a sad memory, but to the motorist of today who demands speed and efficiency of service, it is the acme of progress.

Mr. F. C. Firman is the man responsible for the “face lift” of the area which up to 1960 was the site of the old brickworks and who, as Mr. Peter Tait, Mayor of Napier, said at the official opening, “had taken. a brave step so late in life in building this modern. new building”, has had a long association with Napier and the motoring industry, having joined a Napier garage in 1928.

A large earthmoving machine dwarfs the old Taradale Road. station which had become inadequate for the needs of “Firman‘s growing business.

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Two views of the old Napier Brickworks, erected some time in the l880’s, which was the first of three brickworks to be built in Napier, and was the last to close down, having served the needs of the city’s building industry right up until as recently as l958 when. its adherents could no longer justify its heavy losses. The delapidated state of the building is all, too evident in these pictures. Of the other two brickworks, long since demolished, one was in Northe Street off Hyderabad Road and the other stood on the site now occupied by McWilliams Wines in Faraday Street.

The brick chimney stack, last section of the old building to be demolished, put up a valiant fight before it was eventually laid low. Great was the excitement of the large crowd who had gathered one Saturday morning to see the towering structure blown from its foundations by the use of high explosives. The charges were laid, the area cleared, and the plunger sent home. There was a loud bang, clouds of Smoke and dust, but the chimney still stood. The only visible signs of damage being a few breaks near the top. A second attempt a few hours later however spelt finale to the old brickworks.

The area was enlarged by carving out. a considerable portion of the hill backing the site.

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These pictures show the complete transformation from an old broken-down building to one of the largest and most modern servicing stations in New Zealand which was built out of the wealth of experience of Mr. Firman, Snr., who is very much alive to the needs of the modern motorist. Four lane access, high speed pumps, complete battery and tyre service, a Rock Gas plant, lubritorium, confectionery and soft drink counter are but a few of the services offered at the station.

First through the pumps was the Mayoress of Napier who is pictured here having her car “gassed up”, and a battery-driven “Toy” car built by the station’s manager Mr. Ray Firman. and driven by his son Gary who has as a passenger his sister Sandra. A “recharge” had just been carried out.

The Official opening by the Mayor of Napier, Mr. Peter Tait, was attended by some 150 loyal custmers of long standing with the company.

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The start of a harbour, and the start of a dispute which was not to be resolved until Nature took a hand in 1931.

Emerson Street, Napier, some 80 years ago. The pot- holes and puddles seemed just as numerous then as now.

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June 1963


The Hawke's Bay Publishing Company Ltd

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