The photographs on this blog page are from the collection of Ian Wilkinson. Ian writes, “I bought a collection of photos on eBay of a trip by the Rangitane from England to New Zealand via the Panama Canal and Pitcairn. The seller seems to think they were taken during the 1950s, but they look much earlier to me. Have you any idea of when you think these photos were taken?”
They look like 1930s to me, based on fashion and cars in some, and Ian guesses at 1937. Can you help to date them, or perhaps you may even recognise some of the names from the captions? Mouse over the pictures below to see the captions from the original photographs, or click to see the full image larger.
There are 40 photographs in the collection and Ian has found that the vessels photographed were in service before the second world war. A photograph of HMAS Australia, taken in Auckland harbour, is also included (not shown here). Ian has found out that HMAS Australia was in Auckland during April 1937.