The latest additions include a collection of black & white images from Southmall in Manurewa. The images cover the 1950s through to April 1972 and have been supplied courtesy of the Manurewa Historical Society. They include aerial shots of the shopping mall, but the bulk of the collection shows the variety of competitions and performances held at the newly opened Southmall centre during the late 1960s and early 70s, such as beauty pageants and baby competitions.
Large crowds attended the jazz, pop-folk and other performance after the opening of the Southmall centre. In the photo below, well-known organist Reg Morgan demonstrates his skill to an admiring crowd on 24 February 1970.
|Ref: Footprints 05389, Reg Morgan on the organ, Southmall, Manurewa, 1970, photograph reproduced courtesy of Manurewa Historical Society, South Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Footprints 05601, Farm track, Wiri, 1971, photograph reproduced courtesy of Bruce Crook (4.19), South Auckland Research Centre|
Another group of interesting photos are the coloured aerial photographs taken by David Brooke-Taylor. He was commissioned by Wilsons Realty Ltd Papatoetoe during the summer of 1987-88 to photograph in Papatoetoe, Otahuhu, Mt Wellington, Panmure, Mangere and surrounding areas. The names of the roads and streets have been hand-written on the images - some which have been incorrectly labelled. This has been corrected in the accompanying blurb.
Looking back through the collection, the photographs show how much some of the areas have changed, for example the grounds of the Mangere Hospital and Training School. The hospital closed in the early 1990s, and construction of a 350-site housing subdivision and sports ground began there in 1993.
|Ref: Footprints 05310, aerial view of Mangere, c. 1987, copyright to David Brooke-Taylor, South Auckland Research Centre|
Common features in some of these images are the huge glasshouses mostly used for growing tomatoes. Many of these have disappeared throughout South Auckland, making way for the booming demand for new housing.
Author: Lynn Diedricks, South Auckland Research Centre