Using photos from the Harding & Denton Collection housed at the Alexander Heritage and Research library and the Alexander Turnbull Library, Whanganui photographer Devyn Staines re-shot six frames in 2016 and merged these to create a double-exposure, showing Whanganui as it was and as it is today.

 

The Town Bridge looking up Victoria Avenue circa 1880s / 2016. Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Harding & Denton Collection / Devyn Staines.

Looking over the Town Bridge and city from somewhere on Durie Hill, unknown date / 2016. Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Harding and Denton Collection / Devyn Staines. A change in the layout on Durie Hill mean the two images are slightly out of alignment. 

Looking North along Ridgway Street circa 1900s / 2016. Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Harding & Denton Collection / Devyn Staines.

Looking towards the mouth of the Whanganui River circa. 1872 / 2016. William James Harding Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library / Devyn Staines.

The corner of Ridgway Street and Victoria Avenue circa 1880s / 2016. Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Harding & Denton Collection / Devyn Staines

M. Vertelli crossing the Whanganui River on tight rope and in 1867 / the river board walk 2016. William James Harding Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library / Devyn Staines

Devyn Staines

Devyn Staines

 

Devyn Staines is a Whanganui photographer who graduated from UCOl in 2015 with a Bachelor of applied visual imaging. She has spent the past six months traveling the country working with Fern Photography. She runs Tiny Fox Photography – her own photography business in Whanganui. Find it on Facebook @tinyfoxphotographynz