Thompson's Track: Bush road with standing man (1900)

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Thompson's Track: Bush road with standing man (1900).

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In pre-European times a track was formed across the Kaimai Ranges by Maori who crossed between Katikati and Manawaru (near Te Aroha in the Waikato). The track was later given the name Thompson's Track after Thomas Kirkpatrick Thompson. 'In 1874 the plans of Thompson's Track were in the Lands & Survey Dept office in Hamilton and had been signed by the man who drew them, T.K. Thompson, Assistant Surveyor. They were dated 1890. So that track bears the surveyor's name’ (E. T. Jordan, p 65). First reference to Thompson's Track in newspapers was the ‘Te Aroha News’ on 2 January 1886 (p. 2) ‘the construction of a new coach road from [Te] Aroha to Aongatete (via Thompson's track) giving direct communication with the East Coast’. Stories tell about the track being upgraded during World War II (1939-1945) so it could be used as an alternative escape route should Tauranga be invaded.

Emily Surtees Photographic Collection. Photographer: Emily Surtees (nee Stewart) (eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart). Courtesy of Elizabeth Smith and Ellen McCormack. Text by Debbie McCauley. Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-349 (Ref: Page 50, 004).

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Thompson's Track: Bush road with standing man (1900)


City:Katikati, New Zealand
Year:1900
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Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -37.6158304,175.8914274

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