Photograph, Thornbury Railway; Unknown Photographer; 1900-1910


Photograph, Thornbury Railway

About this object

This is a photograph of the platform at the Thornbury Railway Station estimated to have been taken around the beginning of the 20th-century.

Built in 1876, the Thornbury Railway Station was a junction in the lines to Invercargill, Tuatapere via Riverton and Wairio via Otautau, with the line beyond Wairio being a private operation.

Prior to the establishment of Thornbury as a junction in the line, the main settlement in the area was at Flint's Bush where Captain John Howell lived on his estate Eastbourne Park. At this time, rail was the main means of transport and the junction meant that people from all directions could easily travel to Thornbury. This new convenience of location resulted in the township springing up with a number of small businesses being established, including a boot maker, saddler, grocer and blacksmith etc. The flow on effect of this was a substantial increase in population.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Thornbury


Unknown Photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

'McKersch Photo' embossed on front of mount. 'Foster Family' Handwritten in blue ink on reverse of mount.


h 257 mm x w 180 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Subject and Association Keywords


Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card


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