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Cable car over the Taramakau River, West Coast, [ca 1881]

Reference Number: PA1-o-415-02

Cable car over the Taramakau River, West Coast, part of the Greymouth and Kumara Tramway. A young man is standing on a platform and he is holding a bell. The Tramway Hotel can be seen on the other side of the river. Photographed ca 1881 by an unidentified photographer, possibly William Herbert Perkins.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Taramakau River, Men - New Zealand - West Coast Region, Railways, Cable - New Zealand - West Coast Region, Hotels - New Zealand - West Coast Region and Tramways - New Zealand - West Coast Region.

Part of:
Photograph album compiled by William Herbert Perkins, Reference Number PA1-o-415 (19 digitised items)
Perkins, J (Mr), fl 1967 :Photograph album and loose prints, Reference Number PAColl-4608 (19 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Albumen print 14.6 x 19.5 cm, mounted on album page. Horizontal imageSingle photograph

Historical Notes: The cable car over the Taramakau River was hauled by a steam engine inside the shed on the far side. It operated (in conjunction with the Greymouth-Kumara horse tram) from May 1877 until December 1893 when it was replaced by the present road/rail bridge.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - beneath image: Greymouth and Kumara Tramway Crossing at Teremakau River. span 800 feet Time 30 seconds. No of passengers 6 at a time supported on 2 steel ropes breaking strain 50 tons each

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