Neat how we can see the somewhat weathered look on the car in the foreground which the other cars prove is now five or six years old.
What a great picture! The picture detail is incredible. Also like the building details, they don't build them like that any more.
Can any of our NZ friends identify the location by any slim chance?? Tom ??
Ooooops Silly me. It has already been identified in the heading.............
Could it have been a hotel?
Looks like someone may have been living on the verandah.
Manuel in Oz
I agree that it does look like it could be a hotel. The building has two chimneys and what appears to be a hot water system. Maybe the "garage" is next door as there is a doorway open and a window. I'm convinced that the car owners are at a boozer!!!
Can't be certain, but I believe that Chavanne's original motor sales building is the one with the open door just past the 'Hotel'. The address is 'Maria Place' but no number given. The hotel building was, and possibly at the time of the photograph, still, an Hotel. The hotel itself underwent extensive additions and renovations prior to reopening in October 1892. The hotel was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Chavanne.
The car dealership was in the names of Senior and Junior Chavannes. Perhaps a N.Z. enthusiast can enlighten us more on the car dealer5ship. I do know that they were very active with British makes and took on the Ford agency in conjunction with such as the British Rover and Standard as well as the French F.N.
The earliest reference that I have found about the business is on line here-
This, courtesy Google Earth, is the same location today. Alas the hotel has gone. The buildings on the right hand side of the street date from 1919, so are just a bit later than the 1915 photograph.