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Dunwoodie, Albert

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Title:

Dunwoodie, Albert

Creator:

Dunwoodie Family

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

1 folder

Reference number:

ZARCH 270

Description:

Biography:
Albert Dunwoodie’s father came to New Zealand from Scotland as a teenager, ca 1890

Dunedin’s Tram System
Dunedin's nineteenth century prosperity, due to the Otago gold boom, led to rapid population growth and an efficient public transport system soon became necessary.

The first full tram service, between Castle and Dundas Streets, began in 1879 and by the mid-1880s the city was covered by an extensive tram network. The heyday of the tram came during the 1910s and 1920s, and tram usage was high because of cheap fares.
By the 1940s, with private car ownership and motorised buses on the increase, trams became less popular. As a result, the curtain began to come down on the tram system beginning with the closure of the Opoho service in 1950. Throughout the 1950s, one tram service after another was closed until on 2 March 1957, the last tram wound its way along the Mornington line. With it went eighty years of Dunedin tram history.

Scope & Content:
Copy of a photograph of tram conductor Albert Dunwoodie (standing) with an unknown bus driver (seated), both men are in uniform, 2 copies, ca 1920s-50s (A CD containing a digital image of the photograph is housed in the Provenance File); Photocopy of an Otago Daily Times article about an early 20thC tram acquired by Otago Settlers Museum for restoration and display, 21 Dec 1994

Dates covered:

Circa 1920 - Circa 1994

Access conditions:

No restrictions.

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