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Fairlie and the District's Streets & Roads

Main Street, Fairlie
Know a town's street-names and you know half its history. 

Albury-Fairlie Road
Allandale Road
Alloway Street
Argyll Street
Arthur Street
Ashwick Flat Road
Awarima Road
Ayr Street
Banks Street
Blue Mountain Road
Bracefields Road
Brays Road
Buchanan Street
Butlers Road
Clayton Road
Cricklewood Road
Denmark Street
Doon Street
Fairlie-Tekapo Road
Frayne Street
Gall Street
Geraldine-Fairlie Highway
Gillingham Street
Gordon Street
Gray Street
Gudex Road
Hamilton Road
Hamilton Street
Kerrs Road
Kirke Street
Lochaber Road
Main Street
Martin Street
Mckenzie Street
Mcleans Road
Mcmasters Road
Middle Road
Middle Valley Road
Monument Road
Morris Road
Mount Cook Road
Mt Michael Road
Mt Michael Valley Road
Nixons Road
North Street
Oldfields Road
O'Neills Road
Opihi Gorge Road
Opihi Street
Perambulator Lane
Plantation Road
Princes Street
Railway Place
Regent Street
River Terrace
School Road
Siegerts Road
Sloane Street
Springs Road
Spring Terrace Road
Spur Road
Stanton Road
Stoneleigh Road
Strathallan Road
Struthers Street
Talbot Road
Taylor Street
Te Puke Road
Three Springs Road
Tondros Road
Trentham Road
Trotters 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

V.C. Browne  (1900-1980) website thumbnails can also be views through DigitalNZ.

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

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

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project