The Day the Ball went up - Cranes and workers

Series 3- Cranes and Workers in honour of Arnold McKay, who took these photos the day the ball went up in 1967. Arnold was a sewing machine mechanic for 25 years at Fletcher Jones and he took these photos as an amateur photographer recording the event. 

The FJ Staff Bulletin posted on the 6/6/67 - the day before the ball went up - says that "the cranes are valued at $160,000 each and each of them weighs 50 tons and can lift 5 tons (that's about 5 Valiant sedans) to a height of 170 feet!"  

Alf Reed - the view from the top the day it went up. Jones Family Collection.
The view from the top.  1967Jones Family Collection.
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