Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cyclopedia photos part 3

Auckland's Opera House, Wellesley and Elliot Streets. Built in 1882, and the only true theatre Auckland had at the time, according to the Cyclopedia writers. "The building is furnished with the latest and most approved appliances for dealing with fire, including a patent hose-wheel, the invention of Superintendent Hughes. This is situated in a convenient position on the stage, so that in case of an outbreak of fire, the water could be turned in any direction at a moment's notice." Today, this is the site of the Smith & Caughey building in the city.

The Southern Cross, issues of which can be accessed today via Papers Past (and are one of the mainstays of historical research I do up to and including 1876) -- was published here. The photographer, according to the caption, was "Dr. Logan Campbell", which makes this doubly interesting. Brown & Campbell had offices and warehouse space in Shortland Street near the Southern Cross offices. It started publication in April 1843, and went down to December 1876, bought out by A. G. Horton of the NZ Herald, and taken over by that newspaper (for a long time, the Herald sub-titled itself as "the Southern Cross").

The interior of John Mitchell Jefferson's shop, corner Upper Symonds Street and Newton Road. A homeopathic pharmacist, Mitchell was the maker of: "... Jefferson's Barberry Bitters, Pectoral Basalt, Children's Cough Mixture, Petroleum Emulsion, Cod Liver Oil Emulsion, Nursery Hair Lotion, Eucalyptus White Oils, and a number of other well known remedies. He also manufactures "Neurol", which is the registered title of a new remedy for headache and neuralgia, infulenza or la grippe, colds and feverishness. "Neurol" is almost tasteless, and is said to contain no preparations of opium or morphia."

Auckland's Turkish Baths. Sometime, I'd like to look at these in more depth - I find mentions of them in Victorian/Edwardian Auckland fascinating. They used to be at the corner of Lorne and Victoria Streets.

"Established 1882. These baths are under the able management of Mr. A. C. Fort, and are well recognised throughout the province as a valuable institution. Some very noteworthy cures have been effected by their aid. One patient received the use of his hands, arms and legs though for over a year previously he had been considered a hopeless rheumatic cripple, having to be moved always by means of a wheel-chair; and even fever cases have been relieved and cured. The manager claims to have cured patients who have received no benefit even from the famous Rotorua treatment. The establishment contains 15 rooms, and all the appliances for Turkish, hot, cold, shower and vapour baths are provided. Mrs Fort attends to the ladies department. The greatest attention is given to cleanliness, and those who have patronised the baths speak of them in the highest terms."

Ambury's Devonshire Dairy Milk Factory, near the corner of Ponsonby and Karangahape Roads. For around 50 years, Ambury's was a major player in the town milk industry around Auckland, and was also the first to develop special Karitane milk for the Plunket Society.

An unusual view of the Auckland Lunatic Asylum at Pt Chevalier. Note they captioned this "Avondale Lunatic Asylum" (I bet John Bollard growled when he saw that, as he was forever trying to convince the media not to associate the Whau, then Avondale district with the asylum -- to no avail). This looks like one of the auxiliary buildings, or a wing of the main building. It isn't the classic frontage shot of the main building, as could be seen from Gladstone (now Carrington) and Great North Roads.

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