Kōrero: Wellington region

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Wellington Beach

This watercolour is of Wellington Beach, just north of Windy Point (now the corner of Lambton Quay and Willis Street) in 1856. The quay connected the northern and southern parts of the settlement, Thorndon and Te Aro, and was lined with shops, hotels and other small businesses. The warehouse at right is a converted barque, the Inconstant. In 1849 the vessel had foundered at the harbour’s entrance, and it was later salvaged by local merchant John Plimmer. Nicknamed Plimmer’s Ark, it quickly became the centre of Wellington trade. Opposite the Ark is Barrett’s Hotel, also owned by Plimmer and named after the early whaler Dicky Barrett.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-040
Pencil and watercolour sketch by William Howard Holmes

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - The struggle to survive: 1840–1865', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/13235/wellington-beach (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015