Thursday, 8 April 2021

Time to cross

We were driving through Mount Eden, a suburb in Auckland earlier this week. There are a lot of old buildings in this city that were built near the turn of the 20th century, what I like is that there are so many that are still being used today instead of being pulled down. 

In 1840 having settled upon Auckland as the site of the capital for the new colony Governer William Hobson secured a 3000 block of land for the government. It was purchased from local chiefs and included the northern part of the suburb of Mt Eden. The following year a 13,000 acre block was purchased by the crown. Once surveyed and divided the land was subsequently offered for sale and gradually the trappings of colonial life grew upon the landscape. 

14 comments:

  1. Lovely Lovely Skies dear Amy! Oh New Zealand, can the world be as amazing as you!

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  2. Great street scene photos and intriguing history info ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  3. ...old town like this sure have a special appeal.

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  4. That second view particularly speaks to me.

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  5. Yes, it´s always worthy (well... mostly always) to preserve such old beauties!
    I´d like to see the inside! But I´m always too shy - and I wouldn´t like having a stranger knocking at my door and asking for that, either, LOL!

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  6. I love the space, light, and lowline of buildings in most NZ towns. This is no exception. (My Mum's brother lived in Mt Albert.)

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  7. So happy they have kept the old buildings Amy, your middle shot looks a wee bit like a street scene in Fremantle!

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  8. Those are great looking buildings. It gives the place character.

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  9. The town ooks very inviting. I love old towns where you have some wonderful historical stories.

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  10. I'm with you. I love to see old buildings that are well maintained, and repurposed (vs. torn down for new construction). So much more character!

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  11. I love seeing old buildings repurposed. I also enjoy the backstory.

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  12. seeing photos of this kind of streets I realise I miss them. Ours don´t look like that. :( They seem to be more "people friendly" then ours.

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  13. What a beautiful place. It looks like a great place to visit and walk around.

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