Unseen Auckland (Part 2)

My reveal of the Auckland Domain continues, and then I head for the magic of Parnell

The Acclimatisation Society Monument
Animals at the Auckland Domain
Frederick George Radcliffe, statue of Burns, Auckland Domain, c. 1921, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R142
Burns Today
Under the Moreton Bay Fig
The AWMM as seen from the far side of the Waitematā Harbour, at Devonport
The AWMM from the side
The front of the AWMM, partly obscured by the brow of Pukekawa
The AWMM and its Cenotaph, which looks a lot like the one in London
‘The Glorious Dead’
Thucydides at the Museum
Two tyrannosaurs are better than one!
The Watson Bequest statues over the Tibor Donner reflecting pool
Reproduced with the permission of the Upper Hutt City Library Heritage Collections. Reference P49–3–2–41. URL, with explanation, https://uhcl.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/17049.
Sign identifying the Grafton Entrance to the Auckland Domain, on Park Road
One side of the gates, with a statue of a swan on top
The motor carriageway is separated from the pedestrian paths
The bronze image of an athlete that is perhaps the most conspicuous feature of these gates
Incised image of a deer on the back of the pillar that has the athlete on top
Dedication: “These Entrances were the Gift to the City of William Elliot 1934.” The motto Suaviter sed Fortiter means “gently but firmly.”
Here’s a typical sign on the rainforest walks
Two rainforest tracks in the Auckland Domain
Rainforest on today’s Pukekawa, a bit more tropical-looking than is typical of NZ
Hulme Court, Parnell
Parnell: The Selwyn Library (left) and Neligan House (right), both properties of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, across St Stephens Avenue from the modern Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the old wooden church of St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity, and the Deanery.
Inner-City Auckland today, from Grey Lynn to Parnell, showing the motorways in orange and the Auckland Domain (the parklands surrounding the Auckland War Memorial Museum). Map data ©2023 Google, North at top. Some extraneous information blurred.
Dove-Myer Robinson Park, a.k.a. The Parnell Rose Gardens
Scarborough Reserve sign, on Scarborough Terrace
Picnic Table, with Scarborough Reserve’s ravine behind
Alberon Reserve sign, on Alberon Street
Inside Alberon Reserve
Alberon Resrve Palm Forest
Walking down into the Scarborough and Alberon Reserves
Inside St Mary’s: The ‘wooden gothic’ element is very clear to see
Victorian stained glass, St Mary’s
Eagle Lectern, St Mary’s
The Parnell Library
Statue of Les Harvey at Parnell Village
Auckland Summer Carnival Souvenir Programme




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