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Hard-back, very good condition with dust jacket minor sun faded spine.

Signed by Don Neely & Joseph Romanos

176 pages
Other Information: Illustrations (some col.), map
Published In: New Zealand, 02 May 2003

The Basin
an Illustrated History of Wellington's Basin Reserve
By Don Neely, Joseph Romanos

Wellington’s Basin Reserve is arguably the most famous sports ground in New Zealand. It is certainly the only one that has been granted National Heritage Place status. Since it was created by a major earthquake in 1855, it has constantly been reshaped, modernised and renovated. Through all that time, it has remained one of the major landmarks in the capital city.

The Basin, as it is affectionately known, has been one of New Zealand’s main international cricket venues for well over a century, and has hosted international rugby league, rugby union, soccer, hockey, athletics, boxing, Australian rules football and marching.

In addition, the Basin has hosted non-sports events as diverse as the 1945 VE Day celebrations, the 1908 Dominion Day activities, Archbishop Redwood’s Diamond jubilee gathering in 1934, Father Patrick Payton’s prayer meeting in front of 25,000 people in 1953, numerous band displays, Maori carnivals in 1900 and 1903, the Concert in the Park featuring Dame Malvina Major in 1994, and a display of ballooning in 1898 by Captain Lorraine, ‘the king of parachutists’.

Wellington writers Don Neely and Joseph Romanos have delved widely in presenting this pictorial history of the Basin. Many of the images have never previously been published. This is a story not only of the Basin Reserve but of a busy and ever-changing part of Wellington, including the Mt Victoria Tunnel, the Mt Cook Barracks, the Carillon, Wellington College, St Mark’s, St Patrick’s College, St Joseph’s School, Wellington East Girls’ College, the Boys’ Institute, the Caledonia Hotel, Government House and other neighboring landmarks.

EAN: 9781877257056
ISBN: 1877257052
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
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