Antigua Boat sheds “Open on Moonlight Nights”, 1902

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.