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Bringing our heritage to life

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Published: 2 October 2015
  • Corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street looking east. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (Feb 1903) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1051.
  • View looking south down Dominion Road near corners of Walters Road and Valley Road. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (1910) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 255A- 93.
  • View looking north up Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden Village. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (1910-23) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 35-R243.
  • View looking east on corner of Karangahape Road and Pitt Street. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (1919) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1682.
  • View looking south from Mt Eden. Mt Eden Road is on the right hand side, and the corner of Stokes Rd and Eglinton Ave is centre foreground. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (May 1913) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 1-W1396.
  • Looking east along New North Road, Kingsland. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (1926) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 1-W624.
  • Looking south down Newton Road from corner with Karangahape Road. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (1904) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 1-W1126.
  • View looking east up Parnell Rise and shows Beach Road in foreground. Image by Mark Bishop. Black and white photograph (Mar 1904) from Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 1-W942.

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See how Auckland has changed over the past 100 years in this amazing History Alive series.

Flick through the slideshow above to check out the History Alive series by photographer Mark Bishop. It tells us a lot about the changing shape of Tāmaki Makaurau over the past 100 years.

These images were developed by merging together various historic black and white photographs – all from the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Council's Central City Library – with contemporary colour photographs taken at the same location.

The black and white photographs were taken between 1900 and 1940, and cover a number of areas of the city and the outlying suburbs. The colour photographs were all taken in early 2015.

These images show us just how much has changed – or not – over the past century by focusing on locations that are familiar to Aucklanders.

"It's interesting to think that the people, horses and trams seen in these images passed by around a century ago where we walk and drive today," says Mark Bishop. 

Auckland Heritage Festival is now in full swing! 

You can find out more about these images and their history at the Beginner’s Guide to Understanding our Places event (Sat 3 and Thu 8 Oct, 12.30pm-1.30pm), where Mark Bishop will be presenting alongside landscape historian John Adam.

Other upcoming Auckland Heritage Festival events include the St James Theatre restoration documentary and the Colonial Kitchen at Highwic House - a look at how our forebears put food on the family table.