Missing murals among other places

Do you know where any of the locations in these photographs are? If so, please leave a comment in the section at the bottom of the post along with the image number.

1) Does this mural still exist?

Untitled [New Zealand], New Zealand. Brian Brake. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa

2) Like the one above, this mural might have been painted over or the building knocked down…

Untitled [New Zealand], New Zealand. Brian Brake. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa

3) A bank in a small town somewhere in NZ…

National Bank of New Zealand country township branch, 1950s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

4) Zooming in close the sign hanging off the front of the building appears to say “The Cables …”

Historical Buildings, 1950s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

 5) A large bay…

Untitled [New Zealand], New Zealand. Brian Brake. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa

6) and another….

Untitled (farm house and beach), circa 1965, New Zealand. National Publicity Studios. Purchased 2003. Te Papa

 7) and one in black and white…

Northland wharf site and beach sands, 1950s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

8) Rocky outcrop into the sea…

New Zealand Scenery: Locality Unknown, 1960 s – 1980 s, New Zealand. Brian Brake. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa

9) This one reminds me of Peter Jackson’s film ‘Heavenly Creatures’…

New Zealand Scenery: Locality Unknown, 1960 s – 1980 s, New Zealand. Brian Brake. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa

 10) Whangaroa?

Coastal scenery, Northland, 1950s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

 11) Church and graveyard…

Churches, 1950s, New Zealand. Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa.

58 Responses

  1. Ross Lyons

    No. 10 is definately the old hospital building at Whangaroa, still standing, renovated into a glorious home is and between the Marlin Wharf and the Clansman Wharf.

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  2. Stephanie

    #10 looks like it could be Whangarei harbour, taken on the Whangarei heads side

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  3. Dave

    The Rocks Rd Nelson mural was painted in the 1980s. From maybe it had a major retouch in the 1990s.

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  4. Jill

    INo 1 is on the research Building on Rocks Rd in Nelson

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    • Havell Stephen-Smith

      Mural repainted 2012 (?) by original artist and volunteers

    • Lissa Mitchell

      yes – i think so. the hill line definately looks the same in those shots taken from the same stand point. Lissa

  5. Jenny

    #5 looks like Karitane. It was on Saturday (27th July) night’s “Coasters” programme TV1 with Steve Logan.

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  6. Janet Enge

    Tolaga Bay wharf
    fairly sure the graveyard is the one around the back streets of Russell. Seem to recalll some military graves (Navy or possibly Merchant Navy)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151463199160223&set=a.10151463018950223.826645.834810222&type=3&theater

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  7. Ross Lyons

    No. 10 looks like the shoreline around Whangaroa, possibly the old police station on the hill, or back further to about the site of the old store which stood on the shoreline. The Gables still stands and was I think a boarding house.

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  8. rahul

    Image 4 is possibly Russell?

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  9. Kim

    No. 10 Mangawhai,the nook?

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  10. Lissa Mitchell

    i’m pleased to hear that the first mural is still such a well loved presence in Nelson and that its painter – Chris Finlayson – is so well acknowledged. There were so many murals painted around NZ in the late ’80s early ’90s that are now gone. No one seems to know anything about the other mural no. 2 “Strand 55″ yet though.

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  11. Linda Montgomery

    # 7 is Omapere Beach, south Hokianga, looking West towards the Hokianga Heads.

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  12. Linda Montgomery

    Number 7 is Omapere beach in the south Hokianga looking West towards the Hokianga headlands..

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  13. Kath

    Was in Nelson ten days ago and took a photo which included mural #1. Can send it to you from home if you like … definitely still there and fantastic!

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    • kelly

      1 definitely Nelson mural…I think the building used to be a fish factory when I lived there 25 years ago

  14. Lisa

    Yes to Tolaga Bay Wharf for #9

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  15. Kristyn Harman

    8 is definitely taken at Castlepoint in Wairarapa and shows Castle Rock in the background.

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  16. Sandy

    No. 5 looks a bit like Karitane

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  17. Nikolien van Wijk

    Number 1 is definitely in Nelson, on the side of the NCC Electricity Department building, on the eastern side of the part of the building built 1937, at 287 State Highway 6. It is still there I think – you can see it on Google Earth, the image is from December, 2009.

    Co ordinates: 41 degrees 15’51.86″” S 173 degrees 16’05.22″ E

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    • Lissa Mitchell

      thank you! I will log a link to to google streetview in the database

  18. Nikolien van Wijk

    I’m fairly sure that number one was/is in Nelson, along the water front.

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  19. Sacha Horton

    Photo # 1 is the Aotearoa mural and it’s made by Christopher Finlayson, numero uno mural artist extraordinaire, it’s in Nelson, Te Wai Pounamu. Very much still there, renovated!

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  20. Adele Jackson

    No. 6 could be Kawhia Harbour looking towards the Tainui Marae.

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  21. Stuart Park

    11 is indeed Christ Church, Russell, both the architecture and the headstones match. The Gables is still a restaurant (not a shop) in The Strand, Russell – NZHPT Registration 421

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  22. Brenda Anderson

    #8 is definitely Castle Rock, at Castlepoint in the Wairarapa.

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  23. Sarah

    Number 9 is definitely Tolaga Bay Wharf

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  24. Jenny

    agree with Lara – 9 – Tolaga Bay wharf
    3 – maybe Waipukurau – I remember a building like this when I was pretty young on the corner of Ruataniwha St & Porangahau Rd but it was the Post Office, and there was the tower behind it too (but my memory could be really inaccurate). Eric Lee Johnson spent a couple of years in Central Hawkes Bay too, right?

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  25. Lissa Mitchell

    this is great – you guys are awesome!

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  26. Victoria

    8. I’m with Amos – this is the Castlepoint break. http://www.garymartinphotography.co.nz/2011/castle-point-break/

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  27. Victoria

    11 is definitely Christ Church of Russell. It has the gravestone for the HMS Hazard seamen. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/hms-hazard-memorial

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  28. Victoria

    1. yep it’s still there on Wakefield Quay, Nelson. See here for more info on artist etc http://www.theprow.org.nz/the-art-of-wakefield-quay/#.UfipK5AaySN

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  29. Anita Schrafft

    I agree that number 9 is the Tolaga Bay wharf, north of Gisborne …

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  30. adele

    3. is it Geraldine… ask the archivist at Bank of New Zealand on Harbour Quays for help!

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  31. adele

    THE GABLES.. was a shop in Russell. assume its this very building… only been to Russell once, must have made an expression with me! its the old buildings I love…

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  32. adele

    check FLAGSTAFF MEMORIAL… looks as though I am correct… What I can give TE PAPA is a lovely photograph of James Busby’s grave in London! rsvp!

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  33. adele

    isnt 11 Russell church, I am going by the headstones, names… if you zoom it you can make some of the names, ask Russell Museum, I was due up there in Sept if still going will check it out.. looks like Williams on one headstone.. will try again! Clareville Taphophile (lover of headstones!)

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  34. Lara Shepherd

    Number 9 looks like Tolaga Bay wharf:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TolagaBay.jpg

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  35. Amos Mann

    Number 1 = Nelson
    Number 8 = Castle Point (I think)

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    • Lissa Mitchell

      Thanks Amos – do you know where in Nelson? or if it is still there? cheers Lissa

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