Portrait of the Region
The old cliche that every picture is worth a thousand words makes
this volume a book of 368,000 words before you start reading
the captions and the Wellington Region Time Line section!
This is a pictorial showcase of the Wellington region from
European settlement to the present day, a visual parade through
the decades, showing at a glance the growth and development of
New Zealand’s capital city, together with the cities of Lower Hutt,
Upper Hutt, Porirua and the surrounding districts.
There are photographs from the reclamation around Wellington
harbour to the pick-and-shovel carving of roads up into the hilltop
suburbs. The bush-covered hills became residential retreats;
colonial wooden structures were slowly replaced with solid high-
rise blocks; tarseal highways were once muddy tracks.
From horses with four legs to horsepower under the bonnet; the
various forms of public transport to the suburbs and to the world
at large; from a grass aero club runway at Rongotai to the
International Airport of today: this book provides a pictorial record.
The author has visited every location featured and photographed
the same scene today to show the changes that have taken place
over the decades and to give the reader an instant recognition of
the archival pictures featured.
The captions with the plates give the reader historical facts and
dates. The Time Line section is a book in itself for references.
The author’s concept has been to create a timeless archival, balanced
record of the region in photographic form.
It is 20 years since the Wellington-based Grantham House
Publishing was founded – so this book is a double celebration.
Hardcover. In very good to excellent preloved condition with the exception of fading to the front side of the dustjacket (yellow shading on front cover has faded) and slight wear to the gold surrounding the black letters in the title. Otherwise the book seems in outstanding condition. We were told this book was hard to source and that it is a first edition book (2005). Please note the photograph that appears was not taken from one of our scans.