"The Weka", first locomotive built in New Zealand, 1876, built by James Davidson for the Hurunui-Bluff section of the South Island lines, Circa 1886
Reference Number: APG-1349-1/2-F
The first locomotive built in New Zealand, built by James Davidson and Company, Dunedin, for use on the Hurunui-Bluff Line. Later numbered "P"54 (or "P"59). Taken by an unidentified photographer, in an unidentified publication. This image is a film negative taken by Albert Percy Godber from a print in Godber Album Vol 108, p 85 (PA1-q-101).
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)Film negative 17.25 x 11.75 cm. Horizontal imageSingle negative
Historical Notes: Further information about this locomotive can be found in "Register of New Zealand Railways steam locomotives, 1863-1971" (1974) by W G Lloyd, on page 28.
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-026194)
Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - centre right: Builder James Davidson, Dunedin. Was classed "P" on NZR ... First used on Duntroon Branch, then privately owned.; Photographer's title on negative - bottom centre: The first locomotive built in the colony. Built by the Government, this engine was afterwards purchased by the Manawatu Railway Company, who found it handy for light running. It is now used by the ... [?] County Council on their Caernavon and Sandford Line.
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