The first Parliament building was opened in 1854 at Mechanics Bay, Auckland. Lacking space and facilities, it was jokingly referred to as the 'Shedifice'. This watercolour of 1859 shows the building on the far left: it is the plain three-gabled structure.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Watercolour by Andrew Robertson
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