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Parliament buildings: Auckland, 1859 (1st of 4)

Parliament buildings: Auckland, 1859

The first Parliament building was opened in 1854 at Mechanics Bay, Auckland. Lacking space and facilities, it was jokingly referred to as the 'Shedifice'. This watercolour of 1859 shows the building on the far left: it is the plain three-gabled structure.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1937/13/1
Watercolour by Andrew Robertson

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John E. Martin, 'Parliament - Parliament overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/33673/parliament-buildings-auckland-1859 (accessed 17 June 2019)

Story by John E. Martin, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015