Wellington As We Were


Explore Wellington as it was. This special compilation features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington – from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital.

Comprising recently preserved material, this programme covers the first half of last century. Specially included is rarely-seen footage from the 1940 Centennial celebrations in Rongotai and our very oldest film – scenes of soldiers at Newtown Park preparing to leave for the Second South African (Boer) War.

Tour iconic sections of the city that have strong civic identities: Cuba St, Oriental Parade, Lambton Quay and the waterfront. Take this unique opportunity to reflect on the story of our city – where has it been and where will it go next. Wellington as We Were is a must for Wellingtonians and everyone who recalls the city ‘as it was’.

Also included is a fascinating ‘then and now’ comparison. We matched scenes from archival recordings with their locations in 2019. See what’s changed and what remains.

This screening is a perfect way to mark UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

A shortened version of the film will be screening in the foyer of the National Library from 27 October to 14 November.