Historic Photos of Porirua City Centre

"History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man."

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

 
Image of Porirua Township, c.1920.
Porirua Township, c.1920.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.3.16.
 
 
 

Porirua City

This section has historic aerial photos of Porirua City from 1942.
 
 
Aerial photo of Porirua City 1942.
Porirua City aerial 1942.
Mana Island and Porirua Harbour and Pauatahanui Inlet. This photo was part of a series of 3 coastal photographs taken at high altitude. The scale is 1:25,000.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 
Aerial photo of Porirua City 1944.
Porirua Harbour and Titahi Bay, 6 June 1944.
The scale is 10 chains to one inch.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 
Aerial photo of Porirua City from Camborne 2000.
Porirua City looking south from Camborne 2000.
 

Elsdon

This section has photos of the Elsdon area from various directions from around 1954 to the year 2000.

 
Aerial photo of Elsdon 1954.
Elsdon 1954.
Shows Porirua Harbour and the industrial area in the centre.
Note the radio mast area in the centre of the photograph which is now reclaimed land where Whitireia Polytechnic and the Megacentre are located. Mana College and the playing fields are in the centre left of the picture.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.10.5.
 

Elsdon, looking south-west towards Porirua and Kenepuru Hospitals, 27 August 1958.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.4.14.
 
Aerial photo of Elsdon 1969.
Elsdon, showing development of housing, 7 March 1969.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.2a.40.
 
Aerial photo of Elsdon 1969.
Elsdon, showing development of the industrial area, 7 March 1969.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.10.8.
 
Aerial photo of Elsdon 2000.
Elsdon looking east across Porirua Harbour, 2000.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 

Motorway Construction

This section has photos showing the construction of the motorway during the 1950s.

 
Aerial photo of motorway construction through Porirua township.
Porirua Township showing motorway to Wellington under construction in 1953.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.2a.38.
 
Aerial photo of motorway construction near Papakowhai.
Main trunk railway line construction near Papakowhai, 27 August 1958.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.2b.4.
 
 

Old Porirua township

This section has photos showing the old Porirua Township, and city centre development from the early 1900s to the year 2000.

 
Photo of Porirua Township, 1912-14.
Porirua Township taken from the hospital grounds, c.1912-14.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.3.18.
 
Photo of Porirua Township, 1920.
Porirua Township looking south-west towards Colonial Knob and Porirua Hospital, about 1920.
This shows the main trunk railway line and railway station.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.3.16.
 
Photo of Porirua Township 3 May 1962.
Porirua Township 3 May 1962.
Photo shows Elsdon on the left, Town Centre in the centre, Mungavin on the right and Porirua Hospital at the bottom left.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 
Close-up Photo of Porirua Township 3 May 1962.
Porirua Township 3 May 1962 close-up .
Shows extent of City Centre development.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 
Photo of Porirua Town Centre, 1965.
Porirua Town Centre, 14 October 1965 looking north.
Shows Town Centre development and the Mungavin Overbridge nearing completion.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.10.6.
 
Photo of Porirua Township, 14 October 1965.
Porirua Township looking north-east, 7 March 1969.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library.
 
Photo of Porirua Township looking south, 1965.
Porirua Township looking south, 1965.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.4.12.
 
Photo of Porirua City Centre, 2000.
Porirua City Centre looking north, 2000.
 
Photo of Porirua City Centre.
Porirua City Centre looking south east.
Shows the main shopping centre, and North City Shopping Centre (right) State Highway 1 and the Main Trunk Railway Line (top centre).
 

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