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Visualising Wellington Streets: ATL Curatorial Series

Visualising Wellington Streets: ATL Curatorial Series

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  • Wed 28 Feb ’18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

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Visualising Wellington streets: Thomas Ward’s 1891 City of Wellington map.

The fourth of the Alexander Turnbull Library Curatorial Summer Series 2018 features Mark Bagnall, the Curator of the Cartographic Collection, who will explore the history, context and use of Thomas Ward’s 102 sheet, detailed map of Wellington in 1891.

In 1892 Thomas Ward completed his 3-year project to map the area of the original town acres of Wellington at 40 feet to 1 inch. It depicted every building, road and item of street furniture within the original Wellington city limits, detailing building materials and layouts, locations of outhouses and size of the water reticulation pipes.

Prior to Ward’s City of Wellington map the town administration had no visual instrument for planning. Once completed his map became a significant document in planning Wellington’s infrastructure, Ward being contracted to update the map for several years thereafter. This talk looks at the history of the map, the context in which it was produced, and how it was used for urban planning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mark Bagnall is the Curator, Cartographic, Alexander Turnbull Library. Previously, he has worked in Collection Development, Reference Services and Cataloguing at the National Library, Macmillan Brown Centre, University of Canterbury, and Lincoln University.

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