Om Thursday 1 September the Harinui Syndicate walked to the Youthline Building. We were invited to the first day of the Papatoetoe – Then and Now Photographic Display.
We were welcomed by Jenny Clark and she introduced us to David Wyllie. his family was one of the first to settle in Papatoetoe, long ago. He wore some special clothes like they did in the ‘olden days’ – we especially liked the waistcoat!
He talked about how things had changed in Papatoetoe over the years. We enjoyed his talk.
We were very fortunate that we received some refreshments – orange juice or water – and lovely cupcakes with rainbow icing or rice crackers. The cupcakes were delicious! We loved the yummy snacks. Thank you!
After our drink and snack we went around in two groups. One group looked at the photographs and one group looked at the display case in the entryway – then we went in to see the old fire engine in the cafe!
We enjoyed walking around the room and looking at the different photos. There was one from the Past and one from the Present which we could compare. The buildings seemed simpler. The clothes were very different and so were the cars!
It was interesting to hear from Ms Clark, Mr and Mrs Newsome, Mr Wyllie and Mrs Foster. They all shared a lot of information with us. We could talk to them too. We asked questions and shared ideas about what we could see in the photos!
It was fun looking into the display cabinet too. We saw some of the items from the Papatoetoe Museum on display – comparing Past and Present!
We enjoyed walking around the photographs, quietly looking at the different photos and talking about the things we noticed in them.
We were very excited by all we saw at the Youthline Centre. We were lucky to be invited to the opening day! Thank you to the team from the Papatoetoe Historical Society – you were great!
Just before we left everyone received two colouring in sheet. One showed the past Papatoetoe Town Shield and the other showed the present Auckland City symbol.