Old Wellington: living without trees

The city’s a forest today compared to what it used to be a century ago. Photographs from the Alexander Turnbull Library. Click to enlarge, or follow the links.

Brooklyn, 1915. Looking from Mitchell Street across Sugar Loaf Hill and Ohiro Road to the school. Taken by Lesley Hinge. ATL Ref:1/4-015117-F 

Island Bay

Island Bay, 1912. Looking eastward with Taputeranga Island just visible on the right. Shows, from front to rear, Derwent Street, The Parade and Clyde Street. Humber Street is on the upper right. Taken by Sydney Charles Smith. ATL Ref:1/1-022732-G


Karori, 1909. In the foreground is 223 Karori Road. Karori stream is to the right of the house, and Wright’s Hill is in the background. Photographer unknown. ATL Ref:PAColl-6001-03

Kelburn viaductKelburn, 1910. Looking from above 78 Harbour View Road, over Upland Road that curves round in the centre and meets the Kelburn Viaduct on the far right. Glenmore Street runs underneath the Viaduct. Taken by Sydney Charles Smith. ATL Ref:1/1-019654-G. 


Khandallah, c.1910. Looking over the railway station and Station Road. The junction of Delhi Crescent, Cashmere Avenue and Agra Crescent is to the left. Burma Road is in the foreground. Photographer unknown. ATL Ref:1/2-003772-F

Kilbirnie to Hataitai

Kilbirnie and Hataitai, 1908. Looking down from the Town belt across Crawford Rd toward Evans Bay. Taken by Sidney Charles Smith. ATL Ref:1/1-024942-G.

Newtown Newtown, 1893. Looking south east. Shows the intersection of Hanson and Hall Streets in the foreground. Photographer unknown. ATL Ref:PAColl-0045-01.


Mornington, 1932. Taken by William Hall Raine. ATL Ref:1/2-060275-F.

Mount VictoriaMount Victoria, c.1910. Looking across the area of Roxburgh and Marjoribanks Streets toward the town belt. Taken by Sydney Charles Smith. ATL Ref:1/ 1-022830-G.

Roseneath Roseneath, 1904. Looking down over Grafton Road in the centre and Balaena Bay on the right. Photographer unknown. ATL Ref:1/2-080406-F.

Images, excluding ATL images, copyright Richard McIntosh & David Carman 2015-2019