Wellington Heritage

Just got an email from my friend Paulette, who works at DOC as a heritage ranger.

They are having talks and tours through the Old Government Buildings during Feb-April.

I’ve put the programme listing down below.

Go Check it out, as they are awesome buildings to go and look at.

Published by
Department of Conservation
Wellington Conservancy
P.O. Box 5086, Wellington 6145
Free talks and tours — 6 February to 20 March
Bookings essential: E-mail pwallace@doc.govt.nz or phone 04 470 8439.
Meet at the main entrance, opposite the statue of Peter Fraser.

6 Feb, 11 a.m. Waitangi Day. Welcome to the old Government Buildings. Property host Mike Deavin will greet guests and highlight the special features of the old Government Buildings
13 Feb, 11 a.m. A pinnacle of New Zealand’s wooden building heritage and notable in the world. ( Paul Mahoney)
Paul Mahoney is the National Manager of Historic Heritage for the Department of Conservation.
20 Feb, Note: 12 p.m. start. Conserving the lion of the old Government Buildings and other historic timber structures
(Jack Fry) Jack Fry is a conservator of artefacts. He can be found most Saturdays on Hikitia, heading the Maritime Archaeological Association’s conservation team.
27 Feb, 11 a.m. The old Government Buildings in the life and imagination of Wellington, 1876-1926. (Ben Schrader)
Ben Schrader is a public historian with particular interests in urban history and historic preservation. He is presently writing a history of New Zealand city life.
6 Mar,11 a.m. Working and learning in an historic treasure—the Law School and the old Government Buildings.(Geoff McLay)
Geoff McLay is a Reader in Law at Victoria University of Wellington, and has worked in the old Government Buildings since it reopened in 1996.
13 Mar, 11 a.m. Pipitea Pä and Mäori in early Wellington. (Morrie Love) Te Atiawa
20 Mar, 11 a.m. A comprehensive history of the old Government Buildings. (Mike Deavin) Mike Deavin is an experienced tour guide. He has led tours through Wellington’s law courts and the old Government Buildings. His love of historic buildings comes from years spent as an ecclesiastical joiner both in New Zealand and overseas.
Old Government Buildings
27 Mar,11 a.m. A lasting legacy of quality conservation restoration. (Allan Ross)  Allan Ross is a long-time supporter of the old Government Buildings. He was Regional Conservator for the Department of Conservation during the building’s extensive restoration in 1994-96.
3 Apr, 11 a.m. Getting the time right: An intimate look at the 1876 old Government Buildings clock. (Paulette Wallace).
Paulette Wallace is an historic ranger for the Department of Conservation.
10 Apr, Note: 10 a.m. start. A powerful expression of New Zealand’s development as a nation: the early years of the old Government Buildings. (Michael Kelly) Michael Kelly is the Wellington heritage consultant responsible for collecting and recording the history of the old Government Buildings for the 1994-96 restoration.
17 Apr,11 a.m. The old Government Buildings: the modern use of heritage buildings by a University on an integrated Campus and the impetus that a keen long term tenant can bring to urban renewal projects. (Terence Broad)
Terence Broad is a retired architect who worked at the Ministry of Works for 25 years including 8 years on the National Library building. Terence then joined the property section of Victoria University for 13 years. He considers urban design a most essential part of architecture and strongly supports active re-use of older buildings.

24 Apr,11 a.m. Historic archaeology in Wellington: the1855 earthquake and what archaeology can tell us.(Bruce McFadgen) Bruce McFadgen is an archaeologist with more than 45 years field experience. He has written extensively on catastrophic events in prehistoric New Zealand.
If  any of you want me to email the official flyer to you, let me know and I’ll pass it on.

I’ll most likely go to each one, and post up my thoughts of the talks here, and any pics I take


One of my pics of Turnbull house got used on Scamp for their heritage buildings in Wellington section…that makes me kinda happy

Click to scamp


Public Trust Building This is another of my favourite buildings that can be found in Wellington. Found on the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout Street.

It was built during 1907-1909 and officially opened on 9 June 1909.

I think one of the reasons I like this building so much, is along the same lines as to why I like Turnbull House. It’s one of the few surviving turn of the century building that you can find in Wellington, with it’s Edwardian Baroque influence, it is an unexpected find in amongst the tall skyscrapers and if you’re not paying attention could easily be missed, and yet it seems to pop out at you. If it wasn’t in an area that gets masses of foot traffic, I could sit and look at it all day.

Below are links to websites with more information about the building, some of them are very interesting reads, especially the Wellington City Councils inventory.

WCC Inventory

Official Website

Time line

Kelburn 1st Scout Den Over the weekend of the 5-6 September, the Kelburn scout group celebrated 100years.

I went along for awhile, on the behest of my older brother, whom attended the group from 1986-1993 (I think). Though I was never a scout, our family was very involved with the group, in helping out with tramping trips, fundraising events at the hall, and also the odd family night held. So I have so fond memories of the group despite not actually being an official part of it. It was quiet cool to look through old photos and see my brother and his mates, and go ooo I remember them, and also to meet old acquaintances too.

I arrived in time for the opening ceremony, where the deputy mayor of Wellington spoke, and really re-iterated what the movement is about. Forming friendships, and a sense of community.

The group was formed in 1909 by  Eric Lawson, and started out with only six boys who called themselves the weasels (those of you who are unfamiliar with scouting – in the group or pack, the members are divided up into smaller troupes and each troupe has a name usually associated with an animal – last I heard they were birds – not to sure if this still happens, as I know that the guides where similar, but no longer do this).

Of course over the years the group has grown in size and shifted around abit, but finally settled in it’s current location in the 1930s, at the Botanical Gardens.

I’ve added the well written article from Stuff.co.nz to this post and also the official website for the scout group, which have so cool photos and some neat stories from past members.

Stuff.co.nz article

1st Kelburn Scouts