e managed to unearth a handful of Chris Dobson’s old harbour pics back in September 2019, but we always reckoned there had to be more.
And we was right.
Turns out, there’s feckin’ loads more, which is hunky agus dory, of course, given that Chris is one of those rare breeds of photographers who was capturing local history on film long before we knew the value of such precious images.
Young Dobson actually sent us two batch of photographs, one largely concentrating on the harbour of old, with all its crumbling beauty, and the second batch charting 2008 and 2009, as the bulldozers moved in.
And a thousand banjo strings went ping, as our folksy old harbour went electric.
Of course, there’s beauty to be found down at the new marina today, if you know where to look, and it’s certainly fit for a lot of purposes – if not, as yet, landing a day’s fishing – but there is always going to be a great big rush of nostalgia for most Greystonians when it comes to harbour pics from before the war.
We’re still sorely tempted to turn some of our many archive shots of the place into postcards. But they would have to be scratch’n’sniff, of course, just to remind people how rundown the smelly little bugger once was.
In the meantime, go feast your rose-tinted glasses on these Dobson beauties of yore…