Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thursday Challenge for fun and learning.

My friend P got married in this church.

WOOD (Buildings, Furniture, Toys, Trees, Boards, Pencils,...)

Timber buildings of the yester-year were so beautiful so full of character.

Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning.


The Alberton:
This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1972. Allan Kerr Taylor was a landowner, investor and provincial and local body politician. His wife Sophia was an outspoken advocate of the vote for women, as well as a singer, gardener and mother of 10.
Alberton was famous in the 19th century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music. It contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, and several rooms retain their 19th century wallpapers.

MOTAT is located on Great North Road in Western Springs, 5 km (3 miles) from downtown Auckland. Displays consists of a working tramway and railway, vintage cars, carriages, air craft, the development of printing and photography, calculating machines from the abacus to the computer, and a colonial village where buildings are preserved and stored. A special feature is the remains of Richard Pearse’s aircraft, which flew successfully twice in March 1903, three months after the Wright Brothers and ‘Meg Merrilees’, a F class saddle-tank locomotive built in 1874 by the Yorkshire Engine Co. of Sheffield, England.

This was what Auckland looked like in the 1890s. Lots of wooden buildings. I took these photos at MOTAT. Museum of Transport and Technology. These buildings were built from Kauri timber which is very strong.

In fact, many of these buildings are still lived in. I lived in a quaint little villa like the one in the photo. It was in Kingsland, and friends joked that we were kings.


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Old wooden buildings
still radiate warmth and light
to those who visit.

My Challenge Photo

Jama said...

I wouldn't mind living in the house in the third picture, looks so homely and nice.

michael bird said...

The top photo would also get you into the Shutterday meme this week as the theme is 'bus.' The 1890's - that doesn't seem all that long ago and your buildings really don't look all that old.

Helena said...

Great photos! There's something about wood buildings that makes them seem so much more inviting that our modern ones.

Have a great day!