Read about the history of the Antigua Boat sheds on their website. They were erected in 1882 by boat builders Albert Shaw and J.T. Tidd.
There is a connection with the library as:
In ‘The Press’ of 1902 and 1903, Anstey advertised that he had “70 well-built boats to choose from” and also a “photographic room for the use of visitors”. Scores of his glass-plate negatives remained in an attic above the Boat Sheds until they were transferred to the Canterbury Public Library.
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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.
I will share some of the interesting ads and pictures from it in a series of posts – there’s lots of information about local businesses and places in 1902.