Lindsay Family Collection

The Lindsay Family Collection consists of images taken by Charles Wildbore in the Manawatū and Horowhenua regions. Included are images depicting the construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme, the flax fibre industry, and life in the Pohangina Valley during the early 20th Century.

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A bush fire in Pohangina Valley

A bush fire in Pohangina Valley

This photograph was taken from the second terrace above the river looking in an south-westerly direction. It is said that Wildbore, the photographer, wished to photograph a bush fire and was notified by Mr Roberts of Mount Richards of a burn taking place on his property. The fire burnt between Coal Creek and the site of the present Pohangina Valley West Road.

 
The Wildbore Family of Pohangina

The Wildbore Family of Pohangina

This photograph is said to be taken at the Wildbore home. According to a register of births preserved in the Wildbore Family Bible, Charles Wildbore and his wife Jane had a family of thirteen children, but this photograph only shows twelve. L-R: Eva, Sylvia, Percy, Baden, Stan, Charles (seated), Cecil, Charlie, Reg, Owen, Jane (seated), Mana, Kathleene, Ruby.

 
The Wildbore family of Pohangina

The Wildbore family of Pohangina

Charles E Wildbore was a well-known amateur photographer of Pohangina during the early years of the 20th Century. Photograph shows Mrs Wildbore and eleven of her children at their home in Pohangina township. Back row L-R: Mana (holding hat), Stan, Kathleene, Ruby, Percy (or possibly) Charlie. Front row L-R: Baden, Sylvia, Jane (holding Reg), Eva, Cecil, Owen.

 
Charles Wildbore

Charles Wildbore

Charles E Wildbore (1862-1937) came to New Zealand from England in 1874. He was a bee keeper, dairy farmer and a well-known amateur photographer in the Pohangina Valley during the period 1890s-1920. He married Jane Emily Dallison in 1888 and they had 13 children. This photograph is believed to have been taken by Mr Wildbore himself in the sitting room, using the technique of time exposure.

 
Wildbore child feeding fowls in Pohangina

Wildbore child feeding fowls in Pohangina

Charles E Wildbore (1862-1937) came to New Zealand from England in 1874. He was a bee keeper, dairy farmer and a well-known amateur photographer in the Pohangina Valley during the period 1890s-1920. He married Jane Emily Dallison in 1888 and they had 13 children. This photograph shows one of his children feeding the fowls in the yard near the farmhouse at Pohangina Township. Some of Mr Wildbore’s bee hives can be seen in the background and a large swarm of bees is also prominent in the tree in the foreground.

 
Site of Power House - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Site of Power House - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This view shows the site of power house and the route of the pipe line. The power house was constructed at the foot of the ridge in the centre of the photograph (to the right of the wooden building on stilts). The route along which the pipe line was constructed can be seen extending from the top of the ridge to the power house site. The earthworks for the route have been completed and a tramline has been laid along the route.The Mangahao Power Station provides hydroelectric power and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by WWI, construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924.

 
Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is part of a collection related to the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme and its construction. The Scheme which provides hydroelectric power, and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924.

 
Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is part of a collection relating to the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme and its construction. The Scheme provides hydroelectric power, and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924. The large white building in the right-hand middle distance is the office.

 
Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This view looks down on the construction of the power house looking west from the top of the hill where the pipeline was subsequently laid. The Mangahao Power Station provides hydroelectric power and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924.

 
Mangaore village, Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Mangaore village, Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is part of a collection relating to the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme and its construction. The Scheme provides hydroelectric power, and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924. The large white building in the right-hand middle distance is the office.

 
Grading bales of flax

Grading bales of flax

This photograph shows a Hemp Grader examining a hank of fibre pulled out of a bale of flax fibre. A grade was assigned to each bale and this enabled overseas buyer to purchase fibre of a uniform quality. The photograph is thought to have been taken in a Wellington Harbour Board shed.

 
Workmen and Cook - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Workmen and Cook - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is one of a series made by Charles Wildbore showing the construction of the Mangahao hydro-electric power scheme in the Tararua ranges east of Shannon. This photograph possibly taken at the Arapete camp shows three workmen and the cook. The Mangahao Power Station provides hydroelectric power and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924.

 
Site of Power House before Construction - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Site of Power House before Construction - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is one of a series made by Charles Wildbore showing the construction of the Mangahao hydro-electric power scheme in the Tararua ranges east of Shannon. This view shows the site for the power house. the cutting for the pipeline can be seen extending up the face of the ridge on the far left of the photograph.

 
View of Mangaore Village - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

View of Mangaore Village - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is one of a series made by Charles Wildbore showing the construction of the Mangahao hydro-electric power scheme in the Tararua ranges east of Shannon. It is taken from above the power scheme working appears to show the Mangaore village in the middle distance. The Mangahao Power Station provides hydroelectric power and is situated near the town of Shannon. It serves Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. After being delayed by the first world war construction began in late 1919 and the station opened in

 
Constuction Camp - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

Constuction Camp - Mangahao Electric Power Scheme

This photograph is one of a series made by Charles Wildbore showing the construction of the Mangahao hydro-electric power scheme in the Tararua ranges east of Shannon. This view shows the construction camp at the lower dam - original No.1 dam . The cookhouse and the men's huts are on the left and the multiple cable suspension bridge can bee seen to the right.

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