Search begins for historic photos
Anyone who travelled to work in the 1960s wearing walk shorts and knee socks might want photo evidence buried, but a Plimmerton man is urging residents to make their commuter snapshots public.
Plimmerton Residents’ Association is planning to install a historical photo display at the refurbished Plimmerton station, using a $1000 grant from the Historic Places Trust.
Any photos related to train travel in Plimmerton are welcome, says project co-ordinator Allan Dodson.
Photos do not have to be of the station itself, and could show, for example, a family at the beach who travelled to Plimmerton by train.
‘‘We’re looking for everything we can get.’’
Photos from the 1960s, 70s and 80s are wanted in particular – they’re harder to get hold of than 1800s photos, which can be found easily in public libraries or on the internet.
‘‘I can go online to find older ones. People’s personal collections are harder,’’ he says.
Although Mr Dodson is a competent amateur detective, using clues in photos to estimate their age, he would appreciate information or brief stories accompanying photos sent in.
An electronic photo board is planned for the station’s waiting room, and the residents’ association is aiming for at least 200 photos to create a rolling visual display.
Mr Dodson hopes to have collected the photos by August, to be able to open the display on October 10, a year after the refurbished station was opened.
Plimmerton residents have a real sense of ownership of their station, and the photo display will serve as an archive of community involvement in the station and the suburb generally, Mr Dodson says.
‘‘ It’s just about what people think about Plimmerton. It’s just trying to capture those thoughts.’’
It’s important to collect memories of Plimmerton’s early days before they are lost, he says.
Scanned photos can be emailed to Allan Dodson at agcdodson@ xtra.co.nz. The Plimmerton Residents’ Association is happy to scan and post back any hard-copy photos mailed to P.O. Box 57-027, Mana, Porirua 5247.
Picture perfect: Mr Dodson dated this 1956 photo of Plimmerton railway station using clues from magazine and lottery ads, but ideally would like stories to accompany pictures donated for the station’s planned historical display.
On the hunt: Plimmerton resident Allan Dodson is calling on the community to share family photos of, or concerning, Plimmerton Station.