For Auckland Anniversary Day we have delved into our photographic collection, and made a selection of historic black and white images of the early colonial city, regattas and sailing on the Waitematā Harbour.
Queen Street in 1883
This photo is a view of Queen Street looking south from just below the corner of Fort Street. The brick building with the dome on the left is Victoria Arcade, which was demolished in 1978. The building opposite with the clock tower is The New Zealand Insurance Company. Looking up the tramlines in the middle of the street, the view records a busy scene with horses, carts and buggies.
The photo is by the important Scottish photographer George Valentine, who immigrated to New Zealand in the mid 1880s for health reasons. He photographed Nelson, the thermal regions, Waitomo Caves, Auckland and South Pacific islands.
Auckland Harbour in 1859
This photo is made from two photographs joined together and shows a panoramic view of early colonial Auckland and its harbour, taken by the photographer Bruno Hamel. Hamel worked on Hochstetter’s Geological Survey of the Auckland Province in 1859.
Parnell circa 1860s
John Kinder captured this image of rolling hillsides in Parnell showing the house of Reverend V. Lush, and Remuera/Mt Hobson in the background. Kinder was a priest, headmaster, artist and photographer. He is well known today for his atmospheric landscape depictions in photos and paintings.
Yachting on the Waitematā Harbour in the 1920s
This photo is of two cutters and a motor cabin cruiser on the Waitematā Harbour. The photographer, George Bourne, began working for the Weekly News circa 1902. He travelled throughout New Zealand for the next twenty years in that capacity, and pioneered aerial photography through his friends the Walsh brothers. He is also known for his comic photo montages.
Sailing regatta on the Waitematā Harbour in the 1920s
This photo, again by George Bourne, shows a mixed fleet of schooners, ketches and cutters racing on the Waitematā Harbour in the 1920s.
Find out more about our Pictorial Collections. We hold one of the nation’s most important collections – a wealth of historic paintings, rare watercolours, photographs and other artworks.
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