Where in Whanganui or thereabouts? A curator’s plea for help!

I need your help to identify the buildings and locations in a small selection of early cartes-de-visite photographs which are mostly of Whanganui. These photographs were taken by William Harding who operated a long running photographic studio in the city in the second half of the 19th century.

Some of these buildings may no longer exist but if you know them and are able to help please mention the photograph number in the comment section at the bottom of this blog post.

1. Lovely curves on this building…

Photographer William J. Harding, about 1870, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

2. Large two storey wooden building …

Photographer William J. Harding, about 1870, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

3. Near Whanganui?

Photographer William J. Harding, about 1870, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

4. In Whanganui?

Photographer William J. Harding, about 1870, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

5. In Taranaki somewhere?

Photographer William J. Harding, about 1870, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

6. No idea for this one…

View of a church, New Zealand. Photographer unknown. 1860s-1870s, carte-de-visite photograph. Te Papa O.021544

 

7. A wharf side branch of the Bank of Australasia…

Bank of Australasia, circa 1870, New Zealand. Photographer unknown. Te Papa O.005412

Bank of Australasia, circa 1870, New Zealand. Photographer unknown. Te Papa O.005412

 

8. The photographers were based in Thames – is this Thames as well?

Foy Brothers, 1860s-1870s, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

9. Could be a busy street these days…

Photographer unknown, 1860s-1870s, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa O.021537

 

10. Not the current Government House in Wellington…

Unknown photographer, 1860s-1870s, carte-de-visite photograph, Te Papa

 

Please comment in the section below – and many thanks for your help.

 

Also check out the feature on the Whanganui River in Nga Toi Arts Te Papa.

 

Lissa Mitchell – Curator Historical Documentary Photography

 

19 Responses

  1. Vivienne Morrell

    No 4 has already been identified, but there’s another photo of it, taken in 1905 from the other side, on my website. My grandparents were married there: http://viviennemorrell.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/a-new-zealand-edwardian-photo-album/

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  2. Lissa Mitchell

    No.’s 6 to 9 could be anywhere in NZ – who knows?

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  3. Lissa Mitchell

    No leads yet on numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9. No. 5 is probably in the Manawatu/Taranaki area (being as it is also by Harding).

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  4. Sandi Black

    No1 Is the Garrison Hall with the Goal behind it and the Rutland Stockade on the hill.
    No2 is the old Court House in Whanganui with the Rutland Stockade behind it.
    No3 is Upokongaro up the Whanganui River, with St Mary’s Church on the left of the view.
    No4 is the Church of England situated on Lower Victoria Avenue in Central Whanganui, now relocated to St Peter’s Anglican Church in Koromiko Road, Gonville, Whanganui.
    Not sure about the others, I can’t match them to any held in our collection here (Whanganui Regional Museum).

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  5. Milly Mitchell-Anyon

    Number 3 looks a lot like it’s Upokongaro, on the Whanganui River (a more recent image here: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Object/712414).

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  6. Brett Thompson

    Government house is on the site of the Beehive

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  7. Rachael Garland

    and pretty sure Photo number 2 is Whanganui’s first Court House which was in Motua Gardens

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