Story: Auckland region

Taming the wilderness

Taming the wilderness

In 1843 John Johnson painted this view of his house near Official Bay. It is entitled ‘And the wilderness shall become the fruitful field’. It reflects the settler attitude that Auckland’s landscape needed to be tamed. In the garden, native species have been replaced by exotic grasses and trees (and squash, bottom left).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-216-f-051
Sepia and ink wash by John Johnson

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - Climate, plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/15877/taming-the-wilderness (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016