Abandoned to the Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is the beating heart of the city and is now world famous thanks to its unique legal status. But on a trip to the river mouth,...

The Whanganui River is the beating heart of the city and is now world famous thanks to its unique legal status. But on a trip to the river mouth, photographer Bevan Conley came across a few sights and produced this essay of pictures that he calls Abandoned to the River.

Article published 29 Jan 2019 in Whanganui Chroncile

A ferro-concrete yacht that sank at its moorings near Balgownie Ave.
The old loading wharf used by the New Zealand Refrigerating Company at its Imlay freezing works.
The North Mole at Castlecliff with the abandoned railway line above it.
The old marina site at the Wharf St slipway.
Still visible above the water is the wreck of the Te Anau, the last passenger vessel of the Union Steam Ship Company, scuttled in 1924 for use as a river wall opposite the port’s number one wharf.
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