Story: Wellington region

Reclaiming land (1st of 2)

Reclaiming land

In 1865 Wellington finally received what many citizens had considered its birthright: the role of capital city. However, the town had little room for growth. This led the provincial and central governments to jointly fund a 51-hectare reclamation of Lambton Harbour between Customhouse Quay and Pipitea Point. By the early 1870s the project had reached the northern end of Lambton Quay – marked in this photograph by the line of buildings at the water’s edge. The two-storey building with the tower is Government House (where the governor lived). Immediately behind is Parliament, with St Mary’s Catholic Church to the left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Mr & Mrs F Hodgkins Collection
Reference: PAColl-7949-07
Photograph by James Francis Meadows

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - From town to city: 1865–1899', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015