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.

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

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