Show lays Tawa bare

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

If you want to see Tawa striped bare, head along to the sub­urb’s li­brary next month.

Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is hold­ing a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion from June 5 to 15, with 50 pic­tures and por­traits adorn­ing the walls of the li­brary.

So­ci­ety chair­per­son Bruce Mur­ray says for four years they have held lec­tures dur­ing Tawa His­tory Week, draw­ing small crowds, so this year they de­cided to do some­thing of wider in­ter­est.

‘‘There’s plenty in the ex­hi­bi­tion for the train buffs, show­ing how the rail­way was so im­por­tant in terms of Tawa’s de­vel­op­ment and we have ad­ver­tis­ing shots, panoramic views, pho­to­graphs and topo­graph­i­cal pic­tures of the whole area. It re­ally shows Tawa back in the day . . . and how far we’ve come.’’

Many of the pic­tures are from the so­ci­ety’s own bur­geon­ing archives, with many more gleaned from Alexan­der Turn­bull Li­brary. Mr Mur­ray says there are some real gems, in­clud­ing one grainy shot of the Old Porirua Road from more than 130 years ago.

Lo­cal busi­nesses New Zealand Mi­cro­graphic Ser­vices and Frame It did the print­ing and fram­ing at dis­counted prices, while the Tawa Com­mu­nity Board came through with a grant which made the ex­hi­bi­tion pos­si­ble.

‘‘It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing what streets and parks and streams looked like. I look at some of these pho­to­graphs and can’t be­lieve that this land has been com­pletely cleared, all ex­cept for Red­wood.’’

Tawa times: Tawa His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Bruce Mur­ray with some of what will be dis­played on the walls of Tawa Li­brary from June 5.

High vis­i­bil­ity: Si­mon Ken­nett’s tests have re­vealed big dif­fer­ences in the ef­fec­tive­ness of bike lights.

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