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Alfred Barker's photo of Christchurch, 1859 (1st of 5)

Alfred Barker's photo of Christchurch, 1859

Dr Alfred Barker was a skilled amateur photographer who recorded Christchurch's early development. In this photo from 1859, the provincial council buildings are captured mid-construction. The Avon River is in the foreground.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: O.039056
Photograph by Alfred Charles Barker

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How to cite this page:

Peter Ireland, 'Photography - Early photography, 1840–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43203/alfred-barkers-photo-of-christchurch-1859 (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Peter Ireland, published 22 Oct 2014