The Canterbury Saleyards Co.Ltd

I was driving past this derelict building in Christchurch, graffitied over, no roof, windows knocked out, boarded over. I was compelled to brake to a stop & found a way to get inside. Amazing scene, completely painted over with graffiti. I was standing on heaps of discarded spray cans & other debris to take the photos.
Amazing building, once the centre of much activity, now to be bulldozed (if not already done).

This is what it looks like inside:

After People No 1 of 25. Canvas print, stretched on hardwood frame. 136x 90cm

“After People” – The sky is boiling above, meteors burn through the polluted atmosphere, prehistoric birds pass over a derelict building. Signs of a decayed civilisation are all around….

My Mother Told Me, No 2 of 25. Canvas print, stretched on hardwood frame. 203x81cm

My Mother Told Me. The title of this image comes from the text on a wall: “My mother told me to go to school, but did I listen? Hell, no!”

A visit just prior to the September 2010 earthquake, which is now aptly titled “The Last Sunset”

The Last Sunset 203x91cm

Here is a historic letter from The New Zealand railways Magazine Oct 1929 about the company:

The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 6 (October 1, 1929

By Those Who Like Us
From the Secretary, Normanby Co-operative Dairy Factory Company, Ltd., Hawera, to the General Manager of Railways, Wellington:—

When the Normanby Co-operative Dairy Factory Co., Ltd., commenced the manufacture of standardised cheese, some delay was experienced in obtaining the new brand for crates. The position was becoming desperate as the storage space for cheese was taxed to its utmost and was interfering with the working conditions at the factory.

After considerable agitation the brand was made and forwarded by train to Messrs. Cook and Sons, Palmerston North, and received into that firm’s yard at 10.30 a.m. Fifteen men were immediately put to work and turned out 550 crates, which were trucked by 2.30 p.m. on the same day. They then arranged with your Transport Officer at Palmerston North to have this truck connected with the passenger train from Palmerston North, and the truck was sent through urgent, being shunted off at Normanby siding at 4 a.m. next morning. Our difficulties had been explained to your Transport Officer, who immediately made arrangements for the expeditious transport of the truck of crates.

This action on the part of your Department was of great assistance to this company. I am asked by my Directors to write you expressing appreciation of the services rendered by your Department in arranging for this truck of cheese crates to be treated as urgent.

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From Mrs. J. D. Arthur, Utiku (near Taihape, North Island Main Trunk), to the General Manager of Railways, Wellington:—

I wish heartily to thank you for the wonderful kindness and consideration extended us by the Railway staff during our recent bereavement.

There were many things done to make our lot easier, but the one that we shall never forget is the unhesitating way in which you stopped the Express and the “Limited” to suit our convenience.

I should also like to thank, through your Journal, the staff at Utiku, who rendered us every assistance and to whom we are deeply indebted.

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From the Secretary of the Canterbury Sale Yards Company, Ltd., Christchurch, to the Divisional Superintendent, Christchurch:—

Last year arrangements were arrived at with the assistance of Mr. Pawson and your Departmental heads, by which the supply of sheep trucks for Addington sale yards were to be provided at such times, and in such numbers as would permit of continuous loading out of the Company’s siding from the commencement of the sales on Wednesdays during the busy stock season until outward consignments of stock were completed.

As the busy season is now nearing completion, I take this opportunity of placing on record the most satisfactory service your Department has rendered to the buyers and owners of stock consigning out of Addington market each week. As you know, we undertook to provide sufficient men to maintain continuous loadings, and it gives me great pleasure in recording that the Department provided the trucks to enable continuous loading being maintained without prolonged periods of delay for lack of trucks. Such service is of considerable assistance to the market, and I am sure is also a benefit to your Department, in enabling the turnover of trucks being so much the quicker.

May I suggest that those responsible for the excellent service rendered be notified of our appreciation of their courteous and close attention and co-operation in our efforts to meet the requirements of the Addington market.

2 Comments

  1. rethavaneck November 26, 2009 at 19:46 #

    Hi Barney! Mal oor ou goed, stories soos bg., ou geboue, historiese terugflitse. Wat n belewenis om daar rond te geloop het en jou kamera in te span om dit op so n manier, vas te le!! Miskien is gebou nog nie gesloop nie, gaan kyk en kiek nog!!! Dis sooooo mooi!

  2. barneymeyer May 1, 2010 at 03:28 #

    No problem, please be sure to attribute it to me.

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