Steam locomotive "Weka" built in 1876 (later "P" class, NZR 59), 1870s
Reference Number: APG-1546-1/4-G
Photograph of an image in a publication, showing "Weka", the first locomotive to be built in New Zealand. Inscription in the publication is partially missing, but appears to say "... thread of life ... by the author of "Mysterious Mr Sabin" ... The first locomotive built in the colony. Built for the Government, this engine was afterwards purchased by the Manawatu Railway Company who found it handy for light running". The article appears to be by Edward Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) who wrote "Mysterious Mr Sabin" (See Te Puna); there is no visible information about the photographer. This negative was copied from the publication by Albert Percy Godber.
Godber, Albert Percy, 1875-1949 :Collection of albums, prints and negatives, Reference Number PA-Group-00048 (2024 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Dry plate glass negative 3.25 x 3.25 inches. Horizontal imageSingle negative
Historical Notes: Note on back of file print reads "`Weka', built 1876 by James Davidson & Co (Otago Foundry, Dunedin). Later "P" class. NZR 59"
Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Negatives are not available for viewing. Surrogate copies will be provided.
Citation: Any publication must be accompanied by the credit "A P Godber Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library".
Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures 385. Railways. Locomotives. Steam. P Class(PFP-025525)
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