Story: Historic earthquakes

Wellington in the 1850s

Wellington in the 1850s

This view of Wellington, drawn about 1852, shows the town as it developed after the 1848 earthquake. It appears that almost all the buildings were made of wood.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-455-f-032
Ink and wash drawing by John Pearse

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1848 Marlborough earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/4389/wellington-in-the-1850s (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017