Photograph [Main Street, Ophir, 1891]; 1891; XOPO.27


Ophir Post Office


Photograph [Main Street, Ophir, 1891]

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Photograph; depicting Ophir main street. The post office is visible to the right of the picture. In the foreground is a telegraph or electricity pole. Various groups of people are visible in the street. The photograph is mounted onto a card backing which has a printed border. It is captioned 'Ophir 1891' in blue ballpoint, and '1891' in black felt tip, both on the bottom edge. The bottom edge of the card has been torn off, as have three corners.

Ophir, formerly known as 'Blacks' or 'Blackton', was a thriving gold mining town established in the 1860s. In the early years, when the population was around 1,000, Ophir is said to have competed with Clyde for the headquarters of the Vincent County Council. The town stagnated after being by-passed by the railway in the early 20th century. However, this has led to the survival of a number of structures, including the Ophir Post Office.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

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21.2 x 31.8cm

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Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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