Kaikorai Brass Band, 1907

Kaikorai Brass Band, winners of the North and South Island championship shields at the International Exhibition in Christchurch. From the Otago Daily Times of 29 September 2007

Kaikorai Brass Band, winners of the North and South Island championship shields
at the International Exhibition in Christchurch. From the Otago Daily Times of 29 September 2007

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Cable Car Conductors and Gripmen

Henry John Bartlett Family Photograph

Henry John Bartlett
Family Photograph

Those of us who lived in the era when the cable cars were still running possibly had a relation, friend or acquaintance who was employed on one of the cable car lines.   In my small neck of the woods, my grandfather was employed as a conductor on the Roslyn cable cars. He was Henry John Bartlett who lived at 73 Nairn Street and further along the street from him were Alex MacKenzie and Robert Sharp who were both conductors.   Henry John Bartlett lived in Broughton Street in 1902 – Broughton Street was later renamed Brighton St, then changed again to Beresford Street.
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Jim Sharp – Kaikorai Cable Car Gripman

Jim Sharp - Gripman Jim at his residence 23 Nov 2006 Photograph by Alan Gilchrist

Jim Sharp – Gripman
Jim at his residence 23 Nov 2006
Photograph by Alan Gilchrist

 

Jim Sharp, aged 92 years in 2006, was frequently the gripman for No.4 cable car, in fact he was the gripman on that last cable car from the Octagon to the sheds at 11.10pm on Friday 31st July 1947.   He has provided some interesting information relating to the early cable cars. Jim is also an amateur radio operator with the call ZL4DN, and has been in that hobby since 1938. Continue reading

The Roslyn School of Music

Music Teacher – Tui Hutton
Recollections by John Park

Many of the children who grew up in the Kaikorai area would have learned to play the piano at the Roslyn School of Music. The tutor was Tui Hutton, who lived with her mother in a brick house on the south eastern corner of Ann Street and Hereford Street. Her studio was in a bay villa house next door in Ann Street. Continue reading

Alan Gilchrist

(Original Article by Alan Gilchrist)

About Alan Gilchrist
I was born in 1936 and I’m the youngest of four (two sisters and a brother). They reckon being the youngest means you were spoilt rotten – could well be true, maybe, I admit to nothing. Continue reading