TLF ID R4227
This is a black-and-white photograph showing the partially flooded Ballarat Street in Queenstown (Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand) in 1878. Buildings line both sides of the street and in the background a boat can be seen on Lake Wakatipu, with the snow-capped Remarkables Range behind. Groups of men are gathered mainly on the left-hand side and at the bottom of the street, where some men appear to be standing in a flat-bottomed boat. The street shows evidence of retreating floodwater and there is an extensive area of silt and debris. The photograph was probably taken by William P Hart of Hart Campbell and Co (1876-89). The glass negative measures 16.5 cm x 20.3 cm.