Bernard Whale's Hardware Shop, Picton St, Howick.; Alan La Roche; Dec 1968; 1100...


Bernard Whale's Hardware Shop, Picton St, Howick.

About this object

B/W photograph of Bernard Whale's Hardware Shop, Picton St, Howick.
Taken by Alan la Roche in Dec 1968.
The building has since been demolished Feb 1969.

Place Made

Howick, New Zealand

Place Notes

The building located on Picton Street, next to Auckland Saving Bank building.


Alan La Roche

Maker Role



Black & white photographic print

Date Made

Dec 1968



Medium and Materials

B/W photographic print

Inscription and Marks

B/W photograph of Bernard Whale's Hardware Shop/ Picton St., Howick.
Photo Alan la Roche in Dec 1968.


90 x 126mm

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Adrianne Kenner 30 Jan 2011 03:05 AM,UTC

This photo was taken on a weekend as the front door is closed, there are no cars on the street and no goods displayed on the footpath. The land at the rear of the premises housed trucks used for furniture removals and the "Town Run" - daily taking goods from Howick to the city and collecting goods from the Auckland depot for delivery to customers in Howick. There were also concrete pits where sand, scoria, coke, coal etc were kept until customers ordered them for delivery. The business was originally purchased from Newtons in Howick and then renovated and built up into the Hardware shop, selling also Shell petrol, ships chandlery, seedlings, quality china etc plus being agents for NAC (National Airways Corporation), Auckland Laundry and Drycleaning, insurance etc There were two phone lines - ph 5038 on the Howick exchange plus it was one of the few places in Howick to have a direct Auckland phone line which was quite expensive but saved toll calls. The two buildings to the left of the shop are the Howick Town Hall and the old library which were sold by the council at the same time as Whale's shop and Howick's supermarket was built on the two sections.

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