Cities were used by boosters as gauges of New Zealand's rapid progress. One way they did this was through the use of before and after images, such as these in a jubilee history of the Auckland suburb of Devonport. The top image is an artist's impression of the suburb about 1872; the lower image is a 1936 photograph shot from a similar standpoint. What was once a sparsely settled landscape has become a fully built suburb.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Souvenir booklet commemorating the golden jubilee of the Borough of Devonport, Auckland, N.Z.: 1886-1936. Devonport: Devonport Borough Council, 1936 (B-K 917)
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.