Photograph [Aerial View of Mataura]; unknown photographer; 1960s; MT2011.185.138
Photograph [Aerial View of Mataura]About this object
Black and white photograph of Mataura looking south, taken in the early 1960s. Mataura residents called the small subdivision in the left foreground, Pommie Town.
Here is the back story: Fletcher's bought into the New Zealand Paper Mills in 1960 and NZPM's embarked on a major upgrade. The Mill was modernised to produce high quality white paper. A group of overseas workers (mainly Scottish) was brought in to work at the Mill; their experience in making fine papers was intended to bridge the transition while local workers learnt the new techniques. The new houses in the aerial photograph were built to accommodate these newcomers, hence the nickname Pommie Town.
By 1969 the reorganisation and refit of the Mill was complete and the Mill had converted from brown to white paper production.
1960sInscription and Marks
Handwritten on reverse in pencil: 'S160-24'.Technique
h 171mm x w 187mm
photograph, black and whiteObject Type
processed material, paperCredit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object number