Photograph, Ocean Beach Slaughtermen and Labourers ; Unknown Photographer; 1921

Name/Title

Photograph, Ocean Beach Slaughtermen and Labourers

About this object

This is a photograph of the 1921 Ocean Beach slaughtermen and labourers.
Ocean Beach Freezing Works operated in Bluff for 99-years from 1892-1991. Known locally as “The Beach”, the works functioned as a main source of income and population for the portside town. Historian Dr Michael Stevens gives us an insight into the men in this photo, stating that The Beach “drew in hard personalities to do dirty work”.

A Brief History of The Beach:

Politician Joseph Ward established the Ocean Beach Freezing Works in 1892. In 1891, Joseph resigned from his position as Director of the Southland Frozen Meat Company as he opposed building a meat works at Mataura, instead advocating for one to be established in Bluff. Joseph did not want the product to be handle through Port Otago when a works at Bluff would enable the export to be handled through Bluff Harbour. Joseph pulled strings in parliament to facilitate the development by altering an act of parliament and borrowing money from offshore resulting in Ocean Beach being operational a year before the Mataura Works.

An instant success, The Beach quickly became the largest and most efficient works in Southland. Entire families and generations of families were employed by the works. In the 1970s, Ocean Beach was the first works to employ women in New Zealand and for decades it attracted people to Bluff, generating local income. Unfortunately, due to financial pressures, in 1991 The Beach closed resulting in the loss of 1450 jobs.

BACK ROW 1 J. KNOX 2 B.WEINT 3 SCOTTIE ? 4 YARRA GALBRAITH 5 F EARLE 6 J DRAKE 7 H BAINEY 8 A. DIXON 9 H. SUTHERLAND 10 E. ROLINSON

3rd ROW
1 TOM EDGE 2 C. WADDELL 3 N BRADSHAW 4 P. PRESTON 5 A GEORGESON 6 MACK DAWSON 7 PAT METXGER 8 W BARKER

2nd ROW
1 - 2 C VICKERY 3 W. WILLIS 4 SYD GREEN 5 W AITKEN 6 ? 7 A SILVESTER 8 W. MURPHY 9 W. DALE 10 C. TALL 11 S. HARLAND 12 H. SHEPARD

FRONT ROW
1 D. SIMPSON 2 L. KNOX 3. C JACKSON 4 J. DALE 5 W PHILLIPSON 6 G ASHWELL 7 A BURTENSHAW 8 F PRESTON"

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Bluff

Maker

Unknown Photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1921

Inscription and Marks

On the front of the mount underneath the photograph in stamped: "Ocean Beach Slaughtermen and Labourers".
Above this in pen: "1921".
On the back in blue pen: "REG ASHWELL
BACK ROW 1 J. KNOX 2 B.WEINT 3 SCOTTIE ? 4 YARRA GALBRAITH 5 F EARLE 6 J DRAKE 7 H BAINEY 8 A. DIXON 9 H. SUTHERLAND 10 E. ROLINSON
3rd ROW
1 TOM EDGE 2 C. WADDELL 3 N BRADSHAW 4 P. PRESTON 5 A GEORGESON 6 MACK DAWSON 7 PAT METXGER 8 W BARKER
2nd ROW
1 - 2 C VICKERY 3 W. WILLIS 4 SYD GREEN 5 W AITKEN 6 ? 7 A SILVESTER 8 W. MURPHY 9 W. DALE 10 C. TALL 11 S. HARLAND 12 H. SHEPARD
FRONT ROW
1 D. SIMPSON 2 L. KNOX 3. C JACKSON 4 J. DALE 5 W PHILLIPSON 6 G ASHWELL 7 A BURTENSHAW 8 F PRESTON"

Measurements

h 230 mm x w 295 mm

Period

1920s

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

Industry and Manufacturing

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper
organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper, card

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Public Domain Public Domain

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