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Scenes From New Zealand
This is a collection of photographs, taken mainly during annual holidays, of various places in New Zealand. The thumbnail picture on the right is of the Martinborough Hotel, where we stayed in January 2010 while visiting Stonehenge Aotearoa (see item on the previous page). Click here for album.
Chinese miners' huts, Arrowtown
In Arrowtown, in the South Island, there is a sad reminder of the gold rushes of the 1860s in New Zealand – a series of incredibly dingy huts of Chinese prospectors along the banks of the Arrow River. One can only speculate about the lives of these lonely, ostracized men so far from home. Click here to view the photos I took in 2006.
An Aussie 'squint' at Orientals
Australians, particularly when traveling abroad, try desperately to cultivate the idea that they are a tolerant, racially unprejudiced people. They have worked so hard at building up this image that most of them now believe it to be true, but in reality the average Australian is as xenophobic and racially prejudiced as the next man. That this is not immediately apparent to the brief visitor ... is only because color problems do not exist in Australia on the massive scale they assume in some other parts of the world. Wherever color does intrude on the consciousness of the average Australian, the reaction is immediate – and ugly. – Bill Hornadge, The Yellow Peril, 1971. Click here for pictures.
Will men ever fly? was the question of the day in 1895
The above photograph is from an article entitled Wings or No Wings, published
by the "family, social and temperance magazine" Hand and Heart in 1895. To
read the complete article, written by An Amateur Aeronaut, click here.
Overland trip to India, 1960
The only souvenirs I have of my trip from England to India in February-March of 1960 are these discolored photographs taken by fellow traveler Cliff Foster. The one on the left is of the bus we traveled in between either Tehran and Mashhad or Mashhad
and Zahedan. Click here to see more.
Iconic Melbourne trams
Before 2000, few things came more readily to mind, when Melbourne was mentioned, than the green-and-gold trams of the various W classes. These included the numerous W2-class trams, like the one pictured on the right. Another was the superior W6-class tram, which was introduced in the early 1950s with an eye to the Olympic Games in 1956. I worked on both as a conductor in 1960-62, after leaving India. Click for more pictures.