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Colonial Hospital, Auckland, After 1859

Reference Number: 1/2-105482-F

Colonial Hospital, Auckland. This was the first hospital built in Auckland. There is an unidentified man sitting on the steps to the entrance of the hospital, and another main leaning on the hand rail of the stairs. Photograph taken by an unidentified photographer after 1859.

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1 image, related to Auckland Hospital, Auckland City and Hospitals - New Zealand - Auckland Region.

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Colonial Hospital, Auckland, Reference Number 1/2-105482-F (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Horizontal imageSingle negative

Historical Notes: This image "shows the northern aspect of the building. The main door to the hospital was on the southern side of the building. A fence and several outbuildings enclosed a courtyard. The influence of Frederick Thatcher's early architectural training in rural Sussex is apparent in this building. The white-washed base is of scoria. The framework is exposed and to its inner surface are nailed twelve inch wide kauri planks, which are battened on the outside. There is a shingled roof. With age and weathering, the gaps between these kauri planks widened and the wind whistled in. Note the leadlight windows. The new wing, though lacking the charm and proportion of the first hospital, was certainly more draught-proof and housed that essential amenity of the hospital, a bath." (Information from: page 10 of 'The story of Auckland Hospital, 1847-1977' edited by David Scott, 1977).

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures11. Auckland. Hospitals. Colonial(PFP-017186)

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