What: A guided history walk around Panmure exploring the changes that took place in the 1950s.
Panmure was the embodiment of post-War optimism. New residents lived in acres of newly-built social housing and booming factories provided the income for lifestyles as comfortable as they wanted. Queens Road became the Queen Street of the suburbs, gleaming with modern buildings and humming with activity.
“The spectacular development of the town that “came overnight” is unparalleled in the story of suburban shopping in this country,” wrote Mr Rose, the Chairman of the Panmure Commercial Association, in 1963.
Panmure’s streetscape is still formed by the buildings of that era. This walk will take you to some of those buildings (and a bridge) and, through snippets from the Auckland Libraries oral history collection, show you how the people of Panmure looked forward to a bright future through the way they lived, worked, shopped, travelled and did recreation and entertainment.