Look­ing back with cal­en­dar


Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s lat­est pub­li­ca­tion is out and, as well as be­ing of in­ter­est to res­i­dents, it could make a great stock­ing filler.

The so­ci­ety has re­leased eight books and two book­lets since 2005, but a cal­en­dar is new ter­ri­tory for them.

It is some­thing that has been talked about for some time, says chair­man Bruce Murray.

‘‘It’s a bit of an ex­per­i­ment. We’ll see how it goes. I think there is enough in­ter­est and in­trigue out there, es­pe­cially when you bring the sub­ject of rail into the equa­tion.’’

The 2012 cal­en­dar, on sale from Oc­to­ber 1, fea­tures pho­tographs from 1901 to 1965.

Mr Murray’s favourite is Jan­uary’s im­age, a north­bound lo­co­mo­tive steam­ing along, just past the orig­i­nal Tawa Flat sta­tion, with the line of the track where Dun­can St is to­day. The bare hills in the back­ground are cov­ered with houses. ‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic photo, I just love it. ‘‘Tawa in a much, much sim­pler time.’’

The his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety has enough ma­te­rial to fill sev­eral cal­en­dars, with pic­tures cour­tesy of lo­cal fam­i­lies, the Alexan­der Turn­bull Li­brary, the Depart­ment of Lands and Sur­vey, and news­pa­pers.

There’s plenty of pad­docks and dirt roads, gen­eral stores and old cars tootling along wide streets on show.

At this stage 100 copies have been printed. The cal­en­dar costs $20 and is avail­able from Tawa Li­brary.

Back in the day: Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety chair­man Bruce Murray with the 2012 cal­en­dar, on sale from next week.

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