I remember when... The special memories
J A T Terry
Badge of honour: The Hamilton cubs lined up on Caro St, Hamilton, with placards displaying the badges they had qualified for, during a presentation at a Victory War Bond Parade in Victoria St, around 1942 or 1943. Each side of the street behind the parade was dug up for trenches in the event of air raids.
Central Hamilton: A photo taken in Garden Place, circa 1975, with BNZ and Central Post Office buildings in the background.
Victory parade: Trevor Muir’s mother snapped these photo of local scouts at a Victory War Bond Parade in Victoria St, around 1942 or 1943. Muir’s mother was leader of St George’s Church cub pack in Frankton. The scouts lashed their staves to the bicycles to form support for stretchers. The group at the rear were cycle couriers. ‘‘These parades were quite common and were used to raise money for the war effort,’’ Muir said.
Impressive structure: One of the features of the Frankton Junction railway station was the south end Impressive structure: One of the features of the Frankton Junction railway station was the south end on August 1, 1910 and was a familiar sight to travellers as it stood just south of the overhead bridge which gave access to the station platform below. The gantry was the largest semaphore gantry in the country. In 1969 , due to decaying timbers the gantry was removed, and replaced with colour light signals.
Thirsty work: Rowena McCoy, aged 12, in October, 1984, at the Koromatua School Calf Club Day, or Agricultural Club Day as it was called by the Waikato Times when the paper snapped this photo for publication.
McCoy said the caption was: ‘‘Every pet had its day’’. ‘‘I was thirsty and so was my pet lamb Jimmy. With a soft drink in one hand and a bottle of milk in the other, I got the job done,’’ she said. ‘‘Having her photo in the paper was ‘‘a pretty big deal for a 12 year old’’
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The Waikato Times called for readers to submit "I remember when" photos and stories to celebrate Hamilton city's 150th birthday. Some of the photos depict the city's early years while others record special memories of events or people in years gone by.
- Waikato Times