Story: Wetlands



W. Menzies Gibbs painted this tranquil Canterbury scene in the late 19th century. Marshland lies north-east of Christchurch. In the 1850s it consisted of swamps and marshes (which have changing water levels). After being drained over the next 40 years, the area was converted into productive market gardens, dairy farms and orchards.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by W. Menzies Gibb

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Peter Johnson, 'Wetlands - Types of wetland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Peter Johnson, published 24 Sep 2007