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Devonport – then and now

Devonport – then and now

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.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'City images - Colonial views of city life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2021)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010