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Auckland from Mount Eden

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Auckland from Mount Eden 1885

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Dundee-born commercial photographer George Dobson Valentine emigrated to New Zealand in 1883. First settling in Nelson, he later moved to Auckland in 1885. This view of Auckland is likely to be one of a series of views of the city which he undertook that same year. The series formed part of an album, "Photographs of New Zealand". Dobson also sent a collection of photographs to London in 1886 for inclusion the New Zealand section of the ‘Colonial and Indian’ Exhibition in London. The net result was to establish him as a prominent member of the Auckland photographic community. This image was taken from Mount Eden, the highest natural point in Auckland. An extinct volcano, it offers 360-degree views of Auckland and is thus a favourite tourist spot.

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Colonial and Indian’ Exhibition

The ‘Colonial and Indian’ Exhibition of 1886 was held in South Kensington in London. It was intended "to stimulate commerce and strengthen the bonds of union now existing in every portion of her Majesty's Empire". When it closed the Exhibition had received 5.5 million visitors. India took up roughly one third of the exhibition space. The Indian exhibits included art, architecture, economic goods, silks and anthropological studies. It also included a display of 'native artisans' - thirty-four men from Agra demonstrating various crafts and professions. These men were in fact inmates from Agra Jail.

Colonial and Indian’ Exhibition


  • Acc. No. PGP R 795
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 19.2 x 29.1 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985