The Waione

Roland Searle, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1930.
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About the Work
"There is no denying that transport on the awa changed dramatically with the advent of the riverboats. The new way of travelling opened this slice of paradise to a whole new world. With the benefit of hindsight, we now understand the implications, both good and bad, that this development has had.
This photograph appears to be an excursion up river to somewhere like Hipango park. I feel as if I’m there, standing at the top looking down the riverbank, making my way down to get back on board. This reminds me of simpler times, where community was important and such a trip would be looked forward to with much excitement.
The Ohura (left) and Waione (Right) are two of the well-known riverboats part of Hatrick’s fleet; used to ferry tourists, livestock, wool and produce up and down the river. The Ohura had an unfortunate accident in May 1940 where it overturned on the Ngaporo Rapid while carrying livestock. Three lives were lost. After the recovery it was used a gravel barge. The Waione was also retired from service in the 1950s and was also converted to a barge. Both are at rest near the Cobham bridge."
- Stanley Fraser, 'My Choice' exhibition series, October 2022
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Image 158 x 205mm
Frame 630 x 835 mm
silver gelatin print on paper
Black and white photograph of two boats, crowded with people and moored at land. More people are boarding the boats via planks and others are looking on from the shore.
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Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1987
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Permanent collection
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