Story: Historic earthquakes

Wellington street scene, 1847

Wellington street scene, 1847

This engraving of Wellington was published shortly before the earthquake of 1848. The view is of Manners Street, looking towards the hill path that later became Boulcott Street. The new brick chapel on the left, with the Reverend Samuel Ironside’s house beside it, was destroyed in the quake.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-109-022
Hand-coloured engraving by Samuel Charles Brees

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1848 Marlborough earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017