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History of city Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui in photos

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Geography: Whanganui, also spelled Wanganui, is a city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable waterway, runs from Mount Tongariro to the sea. Whanganui is part of the Manawatū-Whanganui region.

Whanganui is the ancestral home of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi and other Whanganui Māori tribes. The New Zealand Company began to settle the area in 1840, establishing its second settlement after Wellington. In the early years most European settlers came via Wellington. Whanganui greatly expanded in the 1870s, and freezing works, woollen mills, phosphate works and wool stores were established in the town. Today, much of Whanganui's economy relates directly to the fertile and prosperous farming hinterland.

Like several New Zealand urban areas, it was officially designated a city until an administrative reorganisation in 1989, and is now run by a District Council. Although the city was called Wanganui from 1854, in February 2009, the New Zealand Geographic Board recommended the spelling be changed to "Whanganui". In December 2009, the government decided that while either spelling was acceptable, Crown agencies would use the Whanganui spelling.

On 17 November 2015, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) announced that Wanganui District would be renamed to Whanganui District. This changed the official name of the District Council, and, because Whanganui is not a city but a district, the official name of the urban area as well.

Date of foundation: 1840

History:

Population: 40 900

Sights:

Whanganui. Bridge and Town, between 1920 and 1930
Bridge and Town, between 1920 and 1930
Whanganui. Central Infants School, 1905
Central Infants School, 1905
Whanganui. Central Infants School
Central Infants School
Whanganui. Catholic Church
Catholic Church
Whanganui. Church of England, circa 1870
Church of England, circa 1870
Whanganui. Church of Saint John
Church of Saint John
Whanganui. Girls College, 1905
Girls College, 1905
Whanganui. Girls College, 1905
Girls College, 1905
Whanganui. Garrison Hall, circa 1870
Garrison Hall, circa 1870
Whanganui. Hospital, 1920s
Hospital, 1920s
Whanganui. Moutoa Monument
Moutoa Monument
Whanganui. Old Court House, circa 1870
Old Court House, circa 1870
Whanganui. Post Office, 1905
Post Office, 1905
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, 1880s
Victoria Avenue, 1880s
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, 1886
Victoria Avenue, 1886
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, 1905
Victoria Avenue, 1905
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, 1905
Victoria Avenue, 1905
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, 1920s
Victoria Avenue, 1920s
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, Watt Fountain
Victoria Avenue, Watt Fountain
Whanganui. Victoria Avenue, Watt Fountain
Victoria Avenue, Watt Fountain
View of Whanganui from Cooks Gardens, 1905
View of Whanganui from Cooks Gardens, 1905
View of Whanganui from Durie Hill, 1908
View of Whanganui from Durie Hill, 1908
Whanganui. War Memorial on Durie Hill, 1938
War Memorial on Durie Hill, 1938
Whanganui. Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church




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After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.


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