Lord Ranfurly's Reception, Napier

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A photograph of Hastings Street taken from the Tennyson Street intersection looking south. The photograph is possibly a depiction of the Governor General, Lord Ranfurly’s (1897-1904) visit to Napier on 30 March 1898 for which a public holiday was observed in Napier. Crowds line both sides of the street and several are atop buildings or standing on shop awnings. A brass band is walking down the street in the direction of Browning Street. They are followed by military men including one on horse-back. A large group of infantry carrying bayoneted rifles follow.

The shops along the street are decorated with foliage and the Union Jack on a white background is flying from the building covered in scaffolding next to the Bank of Australasia. Flags are visible hanging on wire or string between buildings across Hastings Street in a bunting fashion. The businesses visible down Hastings Street include: J R Ross and Company; J F Ludwig, Watchmaker; Bank of Australasia; Kirkcaldie and Stains and John McVay.

Photographer unknown.
Date, 1898.
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph.
Height x Width: 163 x 121mm
This photograph must be acknowledged to the Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery and Museum (Inc.), Napier. Reference number, Stamp, Stamped
Subject period
Subject date
30 Mar 1898
Display location
Current rights
Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 4947 b
Credit Line
gifted by Mr and Mrs Colin Ross
Other number(s)
4947 b, m74/76, 78721

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