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Historic? Or not? – #139

Historic? Or not? – #139

What’s historic and what’s not? According to the Historic Places Trust register the Customhouse is but next door, the Duke’s not, even though its licence is. Just visible at the top of this photo on opposite sides of  York St -Williams cottage is, but the Methodist Church is not. And south of the wharf  The Gables is but our much photographed Four Square building is not. What do we keep? And what let go? This is a Tudor Collins photo, taken in 1947 when tennis and lawn bowls apparently figured large in locals’ priorities. There are only four or five cars but  lots of dinghies. The line of pohutukawa along the shore is a testament to the large difference that one individual with energy and vision can make a to a small place. What will tomorrow’s images say about us?