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A black and white photograph showing the view looking towards Ward Beach across Flaxbourne Station. Information as typed by Norm Brayshaw: "Looking through the gap at the Flaxbourne Station. The boat at sea could be picking up wool lightered from the beach at the end of the road going through the gap. The present [1961] lime works are above the trees on the left. The old 'cottage' is further left than these trees and the trees on the right mark the site of the nursery which provided trees and shrubs for planting on the station. The present Ward Township would be behind the photographer about one and one half miles [away]." Copied by Norm Brayshaw in 1961 from a photograph supplied by H.W. Watson, Renwick. Includes a negative. There is a paper copy of the photograph and the typed text in the same packet. A scan of this photograph will be used in the Changing European History Gallery 2 display in commemoration of the Marlborough Provincial 150th anniversary on 1 November 2009. ................................................................................................................................................................................Caption 82 One-time tradesman's door to Flaxbourne Station - the lower Flaxbourne Valley. In the times before the railway, and decent roads, Flaxbourne, and its Southern neighbour, Kekerengu Station, had little option but to use passing ships. A boat at sea could pick up bales of wool from near the beach. Loading often proved hit, or miss. A sudden Southerly bluster often put paid to operations just when they had started. We can see that much of this part of Flaxbourne, before 1900, offered quite open grassland with low scrub. 2009.067.0058
Looking Through The Gap at Flaxbourne Station -Photographs of Marlborough 1859-1909 -Copyright Marlborough Museum - Marlborough Historical Society Inc
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2009.067.0058

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