Post cards a glimpse of the past
We take a look back at Havelock North courtesy of Facebook page Advance Havelock
Joe Nimon’s Morris ‘bus waits outside Crawford’s Bookshop and Bruce Duke’s Cake shop.
To the left of the Forester’s Hall is the same latticework hoarding advertising Fergusson’s Plumbers that can be seen in many a photo in varying locations over time.
The post card photo is not clear enough to be able to read who is in what shop along from the Forester’s, but prominent is the Havelock Pharmacy, which appears to be the shop where Bob Thorp had his women’s fashion shop. Donald Symes had taken over from James de Montalk as Village chemist some date after 1941 and before 1943.
It must have been in the early 50s that Donald moved to Middle Rd — first around the corner past Harry Lewis’ Havelock Butcher’s shop with next along Margaret Curry’s Margaret’s Village Drapery, being women’s and children’s wear. Hers was the third and last Middle Rd shop before Bob Given’s Blacksmith’s back then.
The Trading Company and Jack Duncan’s cycles are where Village Court is today.
The late 50s and a glimpse back to when orcharding was done quite differently. This is Jock Pollock, a well known Village identity in his time whose home, and what was then the other part of his orchard, is still opposite the Mews. He and his boys were all stalwarts in the fire brigade, and (hear them coming!) didn’t those boys roar along Brookvale, St Hill’s and Napier roads when the siren sounded! With Jock are two of his and Hilda’s sprogs, Whisky (Trevor) and Noeline.
Wooden ladders, heavy cumbersome things — for metal tubular ones had yet to arrive . . . and they made their appearance by virtue of Havelock North enterprise — pioneered and fabricated right here in the Village by Harry Elven who lived at the right hand end of Nimon St.
Orchard trees were allowed to grow much taller then, before our local DSIR’s Dr Don McKenzie’s work. I worked at thinning apples 1970 Christmas holidays for Vern Jefferies in Thompson Rd, and standing atop an 18’ metal ladder I was still not able to reach the top of the tree. Hydra-ladder operators, you’ve just no idea . . .
Jock did other work around Havelock with his MasseyFergusson tractor, rotary hoeing new sections ready for the spuds before the lawn went down, and with his PTO mounted sawbench he’d cut up all your large prunings, etc, for firewood.
This Village scene from mid 1940s was from a post card loaned to Advance Havelock by Fred Pomeroy.
Jock Pollock up a ladder along with Trevor and Noeline from a negative supplied by Don Clapperton.