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Wellington as we were – Archival footage from the last century

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020 to Saturday 14 November 2020
Cost: Free.
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Explore Wellington as it was. This special compilation features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington – from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital. The footage will be playing on loop during Library hours.

Explore Wellington as it was

This special 20 minute 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.

Rarely-seen footage

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 that have strong civic identities: Cuba St, Oriental Parade, Lambton Quay and the waterfront.

A must for Wellingtonians

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’.

Includes then and now

Also 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.

Ngā Taonga

Full screening of film

We will also show a screening of the whole 45 minute film on Tuesday, 27 October.

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

Check before you come

Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

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