Veronica Sunbay, Napier

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About this object
View of the Veronica Sunbay (designed by J T Watson, built 1934) and gardens. Taken from the skating rink looking out to sea, the photograph is thought to have been taken during the New Zealand Centennial celebrations in 1940. To mark this occasion, three painted panels were installed on the roof of the Sunbay. The first panel depicts the arrival of an immigration ship. In the foreground are two men in a waka. The panel is labelled with the date 1840. A coat of arms is located in the top left hand corner of the panel. Representing the Hawke’s Bay earthquake of 1931, the central panel depicts the ruins of a building, possibly St Paul’s Cathedral. The panel is topped with a carving representing a bird. The third panel in the sequence, which bears the date 1940, depicts two large steam ships moored at a port. The New Zealand coat of arms is located in the top right hand corner of the panel.

Photographer, unknown.
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Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph.
Height x Width: 164 x 217mm
11secsEXP 2 "PEV., Inscription, Handwritten
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Subject date
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 12427
Other number(s)
12427, 76654


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