Story: Inner-city living

Boarding house

Boarding house

Annie Walls stands on the upstairs verandah of her boarding house in Willis St, Wellington, about 1914. Standing below are her male tenants. The sign on the balustrade indicates that tenants could choose between full board and residence (with meals) or board only, with the option to buy meals separately. At this time boarding houses were respectable places. Some of those catering for the wealthy were more expensive than posh city hotels.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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How to cite this page:

Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, 'Inner-city living - Early inner-city living and its decline', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010