As pressures increased to improve port facilities, the New Zealand government appointed harbour masters. In 1870 it established a system of local harbour boards. One of the most powerful was the Wellington Harbour Board. It operated from this room on the first floor of a Queen’s Wharf building designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere. Here the chairman of the board speaks on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of board management of Wellington Harbour, in February 1980. The room is now part of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.
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