Visualising Wellington streets: Thomas Ward’s 1891 map of the city of Wellington
Alexander Turnbull Library Curatorial Summer Series 2018 — showcasing curators over 4 successive Wednesday evenings in February. The curators talk about their research, and highlight stories from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections.
- Date: Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Free. Booking is not required
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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In 1891 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.
Once completed Ward’s City of Wellington 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.
About the speaker
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.
Ward, Thomas. City of Wellington. Wellington : Brown, Thomson & Co., 1891. ATL MapColl 832.4799gbbd 1891 Detail showing the current location of the National Library on the corner of Molesworth Street and Aitken Street (then Fraser’s Lane)