Botanical Gardens, Wellington, 1880s
Reference Number: 1/1-025555-G
View of a wooden seat beneath trees in the Botanical Gardens, Wellington, during the 1880s. Probably taken on the western ridge above what later became the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House, looking toward the patch of Kanuka scrub which in the 1880s covered the entire lawn area above the rose garden. Some of the pines that were planted along the eastern boundary of this scrub can be seen in the distance on the right. Photograph taken by William Williams.
Williams, Edgar Richard, 1891-1983 :Negatives, lantern slides, stereographs, colour transparencies, monochrome prints, photographic ephemera, Reference Number PA-Group-00076 (409 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Glass negative. Single negative
Historical Notes: Note on back of file print reads: Probably taken on the western ridge above what is today the rose garden and begonia house, looking over to the patch of old Kanuka scrub, much of which is still there, but which in the 1880s covered all the lawn area above the rose garden. Pines were planted along the eastern boundary of this scrub from Wellesly Rd to the site of the cable car. Some of these can be seen in the right hand distance. There was no other place in the Botanic Garden that gave a view over so broad a valley to such an exrensive scrub area. The northern part of the foreground ridge was demolished to fill Anderson Park between 1906-1910. And that in the foreground of this picture was lowered and cut to fill the Anderson Park extension, now the site of the rose garden and begonia house, in the early 1930s. (Info from Wellington City Council 1988)
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures41 Wellington. Parks etc. Botanical gardens. 1880s(PFP-019795)
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