|Ref: NZ Map 374, bird's-eye view of Auckland City, 1886, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
In spite of large changes to the foreshore, Aucklanders will find much that is familiar in the 1886 bird's-eye view. The street names are the same as today with only a few exceptions, such as Alexandra (now Airedale), Abercrombie (now Saint Paul) and Patteson (now Victoria Street West). However, there are a few traps for the unwary. For example, the structure spanning Grafton Gully in the foreground is not the current ferro-concrete Grafton Bridge (which was not completed until April 1910), but the wooden footbridge designed by city engineer William Anderson and erected in 1884.
The Heritage Images database contains a large number of aerial views of Auckland, which gives a good picture of the growth of the city over the years. It allows you to compare the different technologies over time from painstakingly hand drawn aerials to photographic aerials. You can also find out more about the map resources held in the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries.
|Ref: NZ Map 2610a, aerial of downtown Auckland, 1966, Sir George Grey Special Collections|