Addisons 25.8.39; Lewis Pass & Wairau Valley Aug 1939

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Photographer: Neville Lewers
Production date
Aug 1939
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Female outside Shamrock Hotel
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Film type unknown.
61 x 61 mm
Dimensions = 61 x 61mm
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Definitely the Shamrock Hotel which used to sit on the side of the road between Mountain Creek & Dirty Mary's Creek on the main highway to Charleston.. Built 1867. Phil McEnroe had the licence until the early 1900's when the McCann family took over. A newspaper article, dated 24 January 1939, reported that Mrs McCann, who had been toasted on numerous occasions as 'The Rose of Tralee', was leaving Addison's Flat to go and live with a daughter in Central Otago. The article stated that she had arrived from Ireland as an 18 year old and was the last of the pioneers to leave. One of her sons, Jack remained -living in the back half of the old hotel. Jack worked part time for the county as a roadman. He lived a very frugal life. He would scrape coal up off the side of the road, spilt by the passing coal trucks. This kept his little Dover fire going. Several diary entries bemoan the lack of coal. In the end Jack exclaims, 'Still no coal....must have done too good a job of filling in the potholes'. The main highway has been slightly aligned to the left since this photo was taken. We had a bit of a clean up when we had a digger out there last year. There's nothing to be seen or found though other than a bit of rubble from the back door step & fire place.

- Graeme Walsh

Posted on 16-05-2019 22:53:06