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.