Story: Ports and harbours

Boardroom of the former Wellington Harbour Board

Boardroom of the former Wellington Harbour Board

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 chair 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 Wellington Museum.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - Beachheads and beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015