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Thursday, 20 August 2009

"Love me please mother..."

"Love me please mother..."
Originally uploaded by SandyEm

Taken at Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch April 26 2009

The epitaph is so sad :-|

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Ad perpetuam rei memoriam - 1, W Cook - Basketmaker of Christchurch

W Cook, basket maker, Christchurch, ca1907*

Staff of William Cook, basket maker, 9 Stafford Street, Christchurch. The men are standing outside their workshop supported by their products. Behind them are large hampers with GPO stencilled on them. There are also a variety of cane chairs.
Note also the chairs hanging on the ceiling on the inside of the building.

I love this photo. People going about their work in early Christchurch.

I found some advertisements relating to this business.
1 is for a "smart boy about 15" in 1901
2 is for "four youths" in 1902
3 is for "2 smart boys" in 1905

Interestingly enough, these advertisements state to apply to 224 Tuam Street
so the business had maybe shifted from Tuam to Stafford Street in the 2-6 years from the advertisements until the photo was taken above in 1907. Other advertisements relating to the Tuam Street address but not to the W Wood business sold items from live birds to mirrors.

Stafford Street does not exist in Christchurch anymore, so was probably absorbed by town planners over the years and renamed something else. I'm sure someone out there will know!

*[Photo source NLNZ: Reference Number: 1/1-024038-G ]

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Suspicious fire damages church where my parents married :-(

Ohhh no this is terrible :-(
St Pauls, Cnr Cashel and Madras Street, Christchurch.

The beautiful $800,000 organ is ruined.

A news item including video of the damage

A still from a family video of St Paul's [to the left with columns] on the day of my parents marriage 1959

On October 17th 2009 it will be 50 years since my parents married here.

It had just received funding for future strengthening work.


Update on the church:
22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake obliterated the church.  It was under repair from the 4 September 2010 quake at the time.