The original royal coat of arms on Wellington’s Old Government Buildings was carved out of wood by Thomas Dewson in 1910. In 1990 the coat of arms had to be extensively refurbished. The crown – originally made of tōtara – had to be replaced by a fibreglass version. Here joiner Adrian Claridge (centre) finds out whether the crown fits him with assistance from his Ministry of Works and Development colleagues, Terry Warren (left) and P. G. Robati (right).
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Photograph by Phil Reid
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.