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Wellington as we were – Archival footage from the last century — extended screening

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Cost: Free event.
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Explore Wellington as it was. The extended screening of this special compilation created by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington — from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital.

Unique footage of Wellington

Join us in our auditorium for an extended screening exploring Wellington as it was. This special compilation features unique footage of Wellington — from the seat of Government to ‘the coolest little capital’.

Comprising recently preserved material, this programme covers the first half of last century. Specially included is rarely-seen footage from the 1940 Centennial celebrations in Rongotai and our very oldest film — scenes of soldiers at Newtown Park preparing to leave for the Second South African (Boer) War.

Tour iconic sections of the city

Tour iconic sections of the city that have strong civic identities: Cuba St, Oriental Parade, Lambton Quay and the waterfront. Take this unique opportunity to reflect on the story of our city – where has it been and where will it go next. ‘Wellington as We Were’ is a must for Wellingtonians and everyone who recalls the city ‘as it was’.

Then and now

Aso included is a fascinating ‘then and now’ comparison. We matched scenes from archival recordings with their locations in 2019. See what’s changed and what remains.

A shortened version of the film will be screening in the foyer of the National Library from 27 October to 14 November.

Ngā Taonga

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Aerial photo of Wellington.
Wellington. Whites Aviation Ltd. Ref: WA-49136. Alexander Turnbull Library.