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Plimmer’s Ark, 1854

Plimmer’s Ark, 1854

An important form of investment by early European settlers was in various types of buildings. To the right of William Holmes’s ink sketch of Wellington in 1854 is the wharf and warehouse constructed by John Plimmer. The warehouse was built on the wreck of the barque Inconstant and became known as the ‘Ark’. Along the shore can be seen other commercial buildings, notably Barrett’s Hotel.

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Ink drawing by William Howard Holmes

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Brent Layton, 'Investment - Māori and colonial investment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Brent Layton, published 11 Mar 2010