A free talk by Auckland Libraries research librarian, Carolyn Skelton, on the development of Wellsford’s commercial centre will be held at the Wellsford Library on October 5, as part of this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival.
The Wellsford commercial centre developed around State Highway 1 in the early 20th century, as a consequence of the rise in popularity of motor cars.
The illustrated talk will cover how Wellsford grew and thrived with the development of highways in the 20th century and became a lively commercial centre for locals and a welcome stop for passing travellers.
The buildings, environment and way of life of the area are marked by the changes in the history of road travel, while also being very much a part of 21st-Century life.
Drawing on books, written records, photographs and oral history recordings, Ms Skelton will tell the story of how life developed in Wellsford along State Highway 1.
There will be time for questions and discussion. The talk will start at 11am.