Story: Auckland region

Bird’s eye view, 1886

Bird’s eye views were popular in the 19th century because they highlighted the scale of a town’s growth. The town of Auckland spreads beyond the frame, while the many ships suggest a busy port. Auckland Hospital, the Domain and Grafton gully are in the foreground. Queen Street runs diagonally across the centre to Queens Wharf. Freemans Bay is at top left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: D-001-006
Chromolithograph by George Treacy Stevens

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How to cite this page:

Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - The founding of Auckland: 1840–1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/15892/birds-eye-view-1886 (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016