View of Napier from Bluff Hill

Valentine & Sons Limited
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Public Domain
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About this object
View of Napier looking south from Bluff Hill towards Awatoto thought to have been taken in 1887. The Athenaeum stands on the corner of Browning Street and Herschell Street. Behind the museum, the Borough Council Chambers (built 1874) and the Fire Engine Station are located on Herschell Street. Among the businesses whose premises can be identified by the signage that appears on the building façades are the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Company, W Cato’s Office and Sample Room, the Union Steamship Company, R Hannah and Company and the Bank of New Zealand on Browning Street; Ruddock and Fryer, New Zealand HB Clothing Factory, Criterion Hotel, Union Bank of Australia, ironmonger H Williams, and Sidey and Bain on Hastings Street; Neal and Close on Emerson Street; the Masonic Hotel on Marine Parade; and the Daily Telegraph on Tennyson Street. St John’s Church (1862) is located on the extreme right side of the image. In front of the church, St John’s Cathedral is in the process of being built.

The shallow lagoon is visible on the right side of the image. Cape Kidnappers is visible in the distance.

A label in the front of the album in which this photograph is located reads: Photographed by Valentine & Sons.
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph mounted in an album.
Photograph: Height x Width: 184 x 240mm
Album: Height x Width x Depth/Length: 401 x 330 x 55mm
Compare 1665 on page 58, Inscription, Handwritten
same as 226 Box 6, Inscription, Handwritten
5, Inscription, Handwritten
C. D. Cornford 56/28, Stamp, Stamped
1886, Inscription, Handwritten
Subject period
Subject date
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 1898 b
Credit Line
from the estate of Mr C D Cornford
Other number(s)
56/28, Album 12, 1898 b, 77505
Accession number


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