Publication: The streets of Timaru

The streets of Timaru

The Streets of Timaru by Jack Hamilton and Keith Bartholomew

A new publication by the South Canterbury Museum seems to be taking the local South Canterbury market by storm, with over 1100 copies sold only six weeks following its launch.

Originally published in 1975, the late Jack Hamilton’s text was well due for updating. The original text featured approximately 250 entries with only a few illustrations. The present Streets of Timaru contains over 450 entries and is lavishly illustrated with over 250 images, maps and drawings drawn from the South Canterbury Museum’s photographic and documentary history collections. The book offers numerous insights into Timaru’s history that will appeal to residents, genealogists and historians for many years to come.

The story of Timaru’s streets is one of constant growth and change. It starts with ‘Government Town’ being surveyed in 1856 and the Borough of Timaru being formed in 1868. In the years that followed a succession of new suburbs and their streets have followed as growth reached out into the surrounding countryside. This book explores the origins and stories that lie behind these street names, as well as the changes that have been made – such as the renaming of three of Timaru’s four William Streets to avoid confusion.

Praise has been overwhelmingly positive, including one person who wrote that “ … you forewarned me that ‘The Streets of Timaru’ would astonish me, so I had high expectations. I have been trying to think of a word which means ‘exceeded expectations’, but haven’t found one yet.”

The book is available from the South Canterbury Museum for $39.99 plus $7 P&P. Orders should be placed promptly as stock is rapidly diminishing!

Publication details:
Author: Hamilton, Jack & Keith Bartholomew
Title: Streets of Timaru
Publisher: South Canterbury Museum
Pub. date: 2011
RRP: $39.99
Contacts: South Canterbury Museum
PO Box 522
Timaru 7940
Ph (03) 6877212

Tony Rippin
Curator of Documentary History
South Canterbury Museum
Timaru District Council


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