Fairlie and the District's Streets & Roads
Main Street, Fairlie
Know a town's street-names and you know half its history.
Ashwick Flat Road
Blue Mountain Road
Middle Valley Road
Mount Cook Road
Mt Michael Road
Mt Michael Valley Road
Opihi Gorge Road
Spring Terrace Road
Te Puke Road
Three Springs Road
Timaru Herald, 21 September 1882, Page 2 FAIRLIE CREEK
It is only a few years since the district of which Fairlie Creek is the centre was an unbroken waste of tussock land. With the exception of the stations, which, of course, were far between, a wire fence here and there was the only sign of permanent occupation to be seen in travelling through a stretch of about 20 miles of naturally fine agricultural land. It was thought generally to be a district only fitted for pastoral purposes, and the first settlers who began farming operations were looked upon as men of rather more than sanguine disposition, the ultimate success of whose labors was more than doubtful. Those who had not lived m the district took it for granted that the climate was of an Alpine nature, instead of it being, as it in reality is, one of the most enjoyable climates m New Zealand. It is true that during unusually severe winters the frost is rather hard on the grass, but this is fully compensated by the pulrerising effect it his on the land under tillage. The land is rarely parched to such an extent as to injuriously affect the grass or the crops, and the average yield of grain is very high. ...
Trentham Rd, Ashwick Flat looking towards Sherwood Downs. August 1955. "Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library". Ref. WA-39054-F
The “V.C. Browne and Son NZ Aerial Photograph Collection” contains approximately 34,000 scanned images as of July 2014. The collection commences in the early 1930s through to the late 1970s. The majority of the images it contains are black and white aerial photographs. Most photographs focus upon the South Island and the Canterbury region in particular, the collection also covers most New Zealand cities and towns. Victor Caryle Browne was not a pilot but a photographer who specialized in aerial coloured photos of farms, signed "VC Browne." Much of Browne's income was from such commissions from farmers. Browne's earlier works, in black and white, included cityscapes and images from the back country. He was passionate about photography. bio. photos
Fairlie, 1949, with
the Gladstone Hotel, built in early 1884, on the left and the Mt. Cook
Garage. The Railway Station on the right and a girl from Fairlie D.H.S.
wearing the school uniform, a gym pinafore. A view of the Two Thumb Range
straight up the Main St. Both buildings still standing. Image
courtesy of Roger Barclay, 2014.
April 2014 below and 65 years earlier, 1949 above. Not much has changed. The railway station was moved up Main St. to the museum