Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1902 Cyclopedia of New Zealand

Some photographs, taken with a camera from off the pages of the 1902 Volume 2 of the Cyclopedia of New Zealand.

"Kawaka, representing Inland Kaipara." As Mad Bush points out in the comments below, this is Kaiwaka (that's what is etched on the photo itself) but in the caption, they missed out the "i".

"Gumdigger's Camp." Not sure where, exactly. My money's on Northland, somewhere.

"Kilbryde, the residence of John Logan Campbell." The Auckland Harbour Board bowled it and the rest of the point for reclamation, and so eventually the Tamaki Drive and souther-eastern Main Trunk Line could be built. Pity -- it was a lovely home, and look at the views! The tourists would go nuts for a place like that.

The Auckland Art Gallery when there wasn't as many buildings in the way.

This one is of the hall at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi. Some info about it, from NZ Historic Places Trust site:
"The original hall built on the site where Te Tii stands today was erected in March 1881, in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty, and was appropriately called “Te Tiriti O Waitangi”. The opening of the Treaty hall was a well-occasioned event, and an excerpt from missionary Henry William’s diary shows that the same issues that concerned Maori in the 1880s still resonate today:

“The meeting was outside by the hall. It lasted about three hours and passed off quietly. The principle talk was for a new Maori Parliament and for the foreshore to be ceded to the Maori.”

Sadly, the Treaty Hall was destroyed by a gale in 1917, so the decision was made to build a new hall in its place."
It's called the Waitangi Treaty House in the photo caption -- this from the days when the Treaty House we know today was slowly rotting away, forgotten.


  1. The photo that says Kawaka is Kaiwaka and I can see Bald Rock in the background. Most likely taken off the Oneriri Peninsular definitely looks like it. Great photos Ice they are really awesome.

  2. "Kaiwaka 775" is what is etched on the bottom of the photo, too, but they missed the "i" out in the caption beneath in the book. I'll leave the caption as is, but yes -- it is Kaiwaka. The area didn't get a special mention in the book either, pity.