Building Better Britain: The nineteenth-century colonisation of New Zealand was seen as an opportunity to establish a new society on the far side of the world.
That would perpetuate British culture while avoiding the poverty, overcrowding and industrial pollution that afflicted contemporary Britain.
While settler architecture in New Zealand inevitably drew inspiration from British prototypes it also reflected the environment of the new land. A range of factors, including the threat of earthquakes, the abundance of timber as a building material and the boon-and–bust cycles of the colonial economy shaped an architecture that was recognisably British yet distinctively of its place in the South Pacific.
This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk Series 2024 called Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World. Follow this link to book all of the talks.
Wednesday 6 March 2024, 7pm – 8.30pm
From £6, book here.