Public Talk: Picturing the Esplanade

This presentation spins off from a piece of ongoing research on the environmental history of the city - part of the Palmerston North City history project being edited by Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant.

The origins of the Esplanade are discussed with an emphasis on the period pre-1908, before Peter Black was appointed as Curator - his imprint remains on the park to this day. While a mix of maps and text can be used to reconstruct what the Esplanade looked like in the early 20th century, the postcard boom of this same time provides an additional set of useful images.

These can point to what has now gone from the Esplanade environment as well as what remains from earlier years. However, the scenes depicted also say something about the aesthetic sensibilities of the photographers and are not entirely 'objective' records of the Esplanade.

Nevertheless the post cards provide multiple images that are useful in recapturing a sense of what the Esplanade looked like at the end of its first phase of development circa 1908.

Mike Roche presents the second in a series of public talks, brought to you by the Te Manawa Museum Society.