Mechanics Bay

Mechanic's Bay, Te Toangaroa

Named after the first 'mechanics' or workmen who were employed by the government to build the first houses in Auckland. Auckland's first sawmills, boatyards and a rope walk were located here.

The first aeroplanes connecting New Zealand with the rest of the world in the 1930s were Flying Boats. The Short Solent or Boeing 314 flying boats landed in Mechanics Bay, which was the centre of international aviation for New Zealand until the 1950s. Even after the formation of Auckland International Airport at Mangere in the 1960s, Mechanics Bay was still used by flying boats to the Pacific Islands, for example for the Coral Route to Fiji.

Gradual reclamation completed as late as 1920s and provided the site for the Railway Station and container wharves.

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Date: Between 1873 and 1880 By: Deveril, Herbert, 1840-1911 Ref: PA7-45-12 Description: Photograph of Mechanics Bay looking seaward probably taken in the 1870s by Herbert Deveril of Wellington. Another print of this image is at PA7-45-13. It i...
Date: ca 1860's From: Richardson collection :Photographs of Auckland Ref: 1/2-010432 Description: Print only Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s).
Date: c 1890's From: Richardson collection :Photographs of Auckland Ref: 1/2-010456-F Description: Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s).
Date: [Circa 1931] By: New Zealand Railways; Hinge, Leslie, 1868-1942; Ryan, Thomas, 1864-1927; Gilmour, John Henry, 1892-1951; Andrew, Stanley Polkinghorne, 1878-1964 Ref: PA1-f-056 Description: Mainly publicity photographs for New Zealand Railways, most taken by unidentified photographers, though there are several portraits taken by S P Andrew (Stan...
Date: ca 1860s By: Kinder, John, 1819-1903; Rocke, James Harwood, active 1864-1870 Ref: PA1-o-346 Description: Chiefly photographs of Ireland and New Zealand (particularly Auckland). Appears to have been compiled by an Irish officer with the Imperial forces during the...
D G Keesing (left) and Captain H J Rose on flying boat RMA Auckland at Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Date: 29 Oct 1947 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-10394-G Description: Photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Dry plate glass negative 3.25 x 4.25 inches
Date: [Between 1880s and 1890s] From: Bothamley family: Papers and photographs By: Deveril, Herbert, 1840-1911; Lindt, John William, 1845-1926; Wright, Henry Charles Clarke, 1844-1936 Ref: PA1-o-431 Description: Photographs taken during the 1880s and 1890s, chiefly by Henry Charles Clarke Wright, with others probably taken by Herbert Deveril. All show scenes in New Z...
Date: [1910-circa 1940s] By: Rykers, Leslie Bertram Archibald, 1897-1976; Lackland, Edward Clark, 1898-1970 Ref: PAColl-9936 Description: Photographs taken and collected by Les Rykers in the course of his career as a commercial artist with the Brett Printing and Publishing Company. Photographer...
British Overseas Airways Corporation and Tasman Empire Airways Limited employees including (from fourth left) Mr Banker, Sir Leonard Isitt (chairman TEAL), Sir Miles Thomas (chairman BOAC), and Mr Barrow, at Auckland flying boat base, with Short Solent flying boat RMA Ararangi (ZK-AMM) in background
Date: 16 Feb 1950 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-23937-F Description: Photograph taken by Whites Aviation Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Cellulosic film negative, 1/2 plate
Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Date: 17 Oct 1979 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-74913-F Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Cellulosic film negative, 1/2 plate
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British Petroleum Company, Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Date: [ca 1957] From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43893 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Date: 29 Jul 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-44494 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Date: 30 Jul 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-44506 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43077 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43078 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43079 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43080 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43081 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43082 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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Flying Control Training School, Mechanics Bay, Auckland City
Date: 15 Feb 1957 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-43083 Description: Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Photographic negative
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