Story: Historic places

St Paul's Church, Auckland, 1884 (1st of 3)

St Paul's Church, Auckland, 1884

The Anglican St Paul's Church was Auckland's 'official' church after its consecration in 1844. The masonry structure was built on Point Britomart (Emily Place) and became an immediate landmark, visible from many parts of the city and on Waitematā Harbour. This photograph shows the neo-Gothic church in 1884, by which time it had a rather ungainly look following successive extensions. (The original church comprised the tower and steeple and three-windowed nave.) Its association with the first years of Auckland was not enough to save it for posterity. It was demolished in 1885 so Point Britomart could be levelled to create flat harbourside land.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Photograph by James D. Richardson

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Ben Schrader, 'Historic places - Colonial ideas and practice', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2016