Roland James Searle took up photography while he was at Wellington College. Leaving college he took a job as a bank clerk, and spent his spare time wandering the streets of Wellington with his folding Kodak. After joining the Wellington Camera Club Searle began to take photography seriously with his work gaining acceptances at various International Photographic Salons. While his later work is interesting, it is his earlier photographs that are featured here.
I am thankful to William Main and his book "Wellington Album", pub by Grantham House, 1998, from which the above is largely taken.

Roland James Searle [1904-1985].

Oriental Bay, c.1930.
Today the trees are bigger, theres more sand,
and the band rotunda is a restaurant.

Queens Wharf, c.1930.
This view is largely unchanged today.

"Loading", Wellington Wharf, c.1930.

Eastbourne, Days Bay Ferries, "Duchess" and "Muritai", c.1930.
Just north of Queens Wharf, this building and wharf can still be seen today.

Wellington Town Hall, c.1930.
The clock tower, portico roof, and mouldings were removed
after a number of earthquake scares.

Courtenay Place, c.1930.
Taken from The De Luxe Theatre, now the Embassy.

Pigeon Park, c.1930.
Remodeled, but still there.

"Passing Storm", Wellington Harbour, c.1930.

Tram Stop, Courtenay Place, c.1930.
The same location as the photo below, but on a nicer day,
and from the centre island.

"Caught in the Rain", Courtenay Place, c.1930.
Rainly day photographs from this time are uncommon.

Boat Harbour, c.1930.
The gap between the boat sheds is the current site of the
Port Nicholson Yacht Club.

Willis St, Manners St corner, c.1930.
Many of these buildings are gone today.

DIC and Lambton Quay, c.1930.
Taken from the roof of the Druids Chambers building.

The same view as the photo above,
56 years later, with the same lady, Grace.
Evening Post, Nov 27, 1986.

"One of those days", Vivian St, c.1930.
1930's flat tyre. The building behind the
horse is still there today.

Tram Stop, Customhouse Quay, c.1930.

Lambton Quay from Willis St, c.1930.