Bay a former haven for canoeists
Thomas Bothamley, father of Robert Westley Bothamley, who later farmed at Porirua.
This photograph was probably taken on the club’s Easter 1887 cruise on Porirua Harbour. The photographer, William Williams, was at that time the club purser. Williams was the original Kiwi outdoorsman.
A railway employee living in digs in Wellington with other young chaps, he was an avid tramper and hunter, and an extremely proficient photographer.
He also clearly possessed a touch of whimsy; he recorded the name of this spot ‘‘Butternut Camp’’.
Ripple effect: Canoeing
at Te Onepoto Bay in 1887.