Municipal and Official Handbook of the City of Auckland, New Zealand

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Municipal and Official Handbook of the City of Auckland, New Zealand (1922)
edited by John Barr
4261185Municipal and Official Handbook of the City of Auckland, New Zealand1922


Description—Arms: Argent, upon Waves ot the Sea a two-masted Ship in full Sail proper flagged Gules, on a chief per pale Azure and Gules to the dexter a Cornucopia Or, to the sinister a Shovel surmounted by a Pick, in saltire proper. Crest: Issuant out of a Mural Crown Or a representation of the Phormium Tenax flowered proper. Supporters: On either side An Apteryx (or Kiwi) proper.






Edited by


Chief Librarian.

Prepared by Direction of the
Auckland City Council.


Wilson & Horton. Printers, Queen and Wyndham Streets



The civic administration of Auckland has now made 70 years of history. They have been years of wonderful expansion and progress. The facts and records call for wider and more effective publicity than any yet given to them. Resident citizens and visitors from abroad ask for information that has hitherto not been available in any convenient form. This Handbook, compiled by the Chief Librarian under the direction of the Council, is intended to meet the need so widely felt and expressed. The book will be found to cover nearly all the activities and interests of the Corporation and of other local bodies whose work is connected with the City.

The views of early Auckland placed in contrast with corresponding ones of recent date are especially impressive. They show at a glance how the pioneer town has become a modern city.

The compiler's work is ably done; and it is confidently predicted that the book will command wide interest and appreciation.


Town Hall, Auckland, N.Z.
May, 1922.


Coat of Arms Front.
The City Council xiii.
Heads of Departments xv.
Auckland, 1840 2
Auckland's Harbour Frontage, 1922 3
Queen Street in 1843 6
Queen Street in 1922 7
Mayors of the City 11
Photograph of Auckland from a Seaplane 14
Town Hall 22
The Council Chamber: Council in Session 26
Mayor's Room; Mayoress's Room 29
Town Hall: Reception of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 1920 30
Public Library, 1880; Public Library, to-day 40
Central Library: The Reference Department 44
Central Library: The Grey and Shaw Collections 44
Central Library: Upper Landing 47
Central Library: Children's Room 47
The Leys Institute 49
Branch Libraries 52
The New Gallery 56
The Art Gallery: General View 56
Albert Park: General View 62
Albert Park 64
Albert Park: The Princes Street Border 64
Bowen Avenue 66
Domain: Cricket Ground 68
Domain: Main Drive 70
Domain: The Botanic Gardens 70
Victoria Park 74
Myers Park and Kindergarten 74
Point Erin Park 76
Parnell Park 78
City Reserves 81
Anzac Avenue: Before and After Completion of Improvements 89
Gillies Avenue 91
Customs Street West 91
O'Connell Street: before and After Widening 94
Grafton Bridge 96
Waitakere Reservoir 99
Nihotupu (Main) Dam 100
Nihotupu (Main) Dam 102
City Markets 104
Shelly Beach and Parnell Baths 106
Workers' Cottages, Grey Lynn 110
Municipal Depot 116
Auckland's First Water Supply 120
Western Springs Pumping Station 123
Ponsonby Reservoir 126
The Waterworks Shop 127
"Venturi" Meter and Valves 127
Service Reservoirs: Old and New Types 129
Pumping Stations: Western Springs and Khyber Pass 130
Electric Power Station: Generators 134
Electric Power Station: Switchboard and Boiler Room 136
Tramway Power Station: Boiler House and Engine Room 144
Tramway Workshops 146
Tramway Workshops: The Machine Shop and General Store 148
Epsom Tram Depot 152
Type of Tram 154
Abattoir: General View 186
Abattoir: Exterior and Interior 189
Fish Curing 194
A Catch on a Trawler 194
Plan of Auckland Waterfront 202
Auckland. Looking Eastward 204
Auckland, from the North Shore 204
Chairmen of the Auckland Harbour Board 206
Okahu Bay 212
Building containing Screening Plant 219
Mechanical Screens 221
City Fire Station 224
Map of the City of Auckland At End of Book.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1929.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1971, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 52 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

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