People stand on a Wellsford street lined with cars parked outside highway tea rooms in 1939. Photo supplied by Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19390222-45-5.

Wellsford SH 1: Highway Life

FreeAccessibleNorth Auckland

Thursday 5 October, 11am-12.30pm


Wellsford War Memorial Library,
13 Port Albert Road, Wellsford

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No bookings required



Hear and see how Wellsford grew and thrived with the development of State Highway 1 in the early 20th century. The town became a lively commercial centre for locals and a welcome stop for passing travellers.

The buildings, environment, and way of life of the area are marked by the changes in the history of road travel, while also being very much part of 21st century life.

Drawing on books, written records, photographs and oral history recordings, Auckland Libraries Research Librarian Carolyn Skelton will tell the story of how life developed in, around and through the Wellsford section of State Highway 1.

There will be time for questions and discussion.

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