Photographs [Southland Railway]; Clayton Photo, Gore; Early 20th century; CT90.1...


Photographs [Southland Railway]

About this object

Six photographs showing railway operation and railway staff in Southland in the early 1900s.

a. Dressed in their finery, people have gathered to celebrate the opening of the Waikaka Railway Station in December 1908. The station was on a branch line 18 miles from Gore. Prior to the line being opened, passengers and mail travelled by a four-horse coach which departed from Mr David Corcoran's hotel at 7.30am for Gore, returning at 6pm.

Waikaka township was in two electorates, Clutha and Lakes. The street in the middle of the town was the boundary and when prohibition was carried in the Clutha district in 1894, Mr Corcoran's hotel was in the licensed section and he did a good business sending spirits to Gore by coach.

b. The arrival of the first passenger train from Gore on the opening day of the Waikaka Railway Station, December 1908.

c. Lumsden railway staff, Christmas 1905.

Back row: H Parker (Fireman), B Stancombe (Porter), C Grace (Cadet), D J Nickless (Driver), R Maddox (Train Examiner).

Second row: D Fraser (Porter), E Slowery (Driver), A G Cockroft (Cadet), J A Ogilvy (Guard), W Bell (Fireman), J D Keen (Guard), S Lightfoot (Fireman).

Seated: J Aitken (Clerk), A Cockroft (Driver), J Fraser (S.M.), E Egan (I.P.W), W Walsh (Guard).

d. Railway staff at Invercargill, November, 1909.

e. Maitland Station, 1912. Some of those named in the photograph are R Faulkes, G Thomas, T Balanski, Bill O'Brien, R L Reid, Ted Ryan.

f. Orepuki Railway Station and staff.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland


Clayton Photo, Gore

Maker Role



Cameron photo (Winton)

Maker Role


Date Made

Early 20th century

Inscription and Marks

[a and b] - Stamped on back, 'CLAYTON/GORE/N.Z.'

[c] - Printed on mount, 'Cameron/WINTON/N.Z.'

All photographs have notes written by John Logan on the mounts beneath the photos and on the backs of the mounts.


h 220mm x 250mm [overall]



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

railroad engineering and operation, railway operation and management

Subject and Association Keywords

manners and customs, customs relative to public and social life

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper;
processed material, cardboard

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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