New Zealand - Invercargill


Photos start where I entered town at sunset, the Invercargill Cenotaph (WWI memorial) at Highway 6 (Dee Street) and Victoria Avenue.

You wouldn't know it, but this is the 1881 White Swan Hotel.

Right next to it on the left is the 1877 (rebuilt 1883) Hall of Science.

Here we have the 1881 Briscoe and Company building at Spey Street, matching both the year and architect (F.W. Burwell) of the swan hotel. The other, less important buildings flank it.

On the right we have the 1912 Grand Hotel, which would look a lot grander if I had enough daylight for a proper photo, and on the left, the rightmost building in the last photo is another historically registered place, the 1901 Alexandra Buildings.

Surprisingly, the blue building isn't listed, but the 1928 Newburgh Building at Esk Street is.

Do not doubt that this Australian invader is another on the list, dating to 1904.

The Boer War Memorial sits right at the end of Highway 6 in a roundabout with Highway 1, where Dee Street becomes Clyde Street. You know I'm not lying about sunset since the clock says 8:23.

Detail from "The Bank" seen in the last run of photos, originally the 1926 National Bank.

A different angle, from the south and at dawn, showing the memorial and the adjacent Bank of NSW.

Now heading east on Highway 1, I call this the Est. 1869 Building because that's all it says on both sides, but a smart building would have put his name on it. It's originally the 1877 Ramsay's Hall, but Thomson and Beattie Drapers (likely the ones established in 1869) took it over.

Sorry, Peterson and Henderson, not on the list. We'll take Trent, who started life in 1908 as Kirk and Royds (merchants).

Surprisingly, this one is named exactly what you'd think. 1923.

A very unfortunately blurry photo of the 1906 Town Hall & Theatre (on left) and the much clearer 1910 YMCA building on the right.

The unusual First Presbyterian Church was constructed 1913-1915.

A block off of Highway 1, this is the Southland Education WEA Building now, but started life as the David Strang Ltd. Building in 1912, on Esk Street.

Just next to the WEA Building, I was very lucky to happen upon this ephemeron, a very old ad on the H&J Smith Building that was only revealed when the adjacent Watts and Grieve Building was demolished. In fact, it was only viewable for the summer of 2013-2014 (remember, seasons work backwards down there).

Saving the best for last, the Invercargill Waterworks. The Control Building (the low one) is actually on the Heritage List, but with no identifying construction date. Because that giant 1888 isn't a giveaway. The much more famous water tower was completed in 1889. You can find it at the north end of Otakaro Park along Queens Drive.

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