I remember when...
We look back at Hamilton's early days
A E Graham
CELEBRATIONS: Hamiltonians came out to support the arrival of rugby’s Ranfurly Shield, after the Waikato team defeated Taranaki for the Log o’ Wood in 1980. A special parade was held to celebrate the victory, as this photo snapped on Victoria Street shows.
ALL BEAUTY: Hamilton woman Vicki Lee Wihongi (nee Hemi) was crowned Miss New Zealand 1980 and in the same year was part of the parade to celebrate Waikato’s Ranfurly Shield victory over Taranaki. She’s pictured here in the parade as it travelled on Victoria St.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Julie McFarlane submitted this photo of a parade, as it headed along Victoria St, to mark the 100th anniversary of Hamilton in 1964. The picture shows the railway line crossing the street near Pollock and Milne fabric shop, now next to Centre Place. The Keith Hay Homes truck towing a replica of the steamer ‘‘Delta’’ was entered by the Hamilton Jaycees and was driven by Stuart Mcfarlane.
GRAND CIVIC: Carole Evans snapped this picture in January 1965 of her friend outside the ‘‘old civic movie theatre’’. Evans remembers banging on the doors of the theatre to watch one of the early Elvis films, possible Flaming Star. ‘‘Grand old lady the Civic, such a shame it came down. Apart from the Embassy which was really a theatre, not a movie house, the others did not have the appeal: the old State before it was modernised, the Vogue (Fleapit) in Frankton and even the posh Regent in the middle of town. The Civic had character.’’
ALL ABOARD: John Moore, of Matamata, submitted this photo of a miniature train running at Hamilton Lake (Lake Rotoroa).
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The Waikato Times recently called for readers to submit "I remember when" photos and stories from the city's early days to celebrate Hamilton city's 150th birthday.
The response has been overwhelming with many people sending in their photographs depicting their favourite memories of Hamilton in years gone by.
Today we highlight some of those photos with images from the 1980 Ranfurly Shield parade, the Civic Theatre, Lake Rotoroa and of the city's 100th birthday parade.
- Waikato Times