Search be­gins for his­toric pho­tos

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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