Auckland Harbor New Zealand about 1892

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HARBOR OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Auckland has been called the Naples of New Zealand, and the Corinth of the South Pacific, because of the beauty of its situation by the sea. It is the first port touched at by steamers going from Honolulu to Sydney, Australia. Its climate is so salubrious that it is regarded as a health-resort. To the average American New Zealand is almost unknown, and he hardly realizes that here on the other side of the globe is a flourishing city of 70,000 inhabitants, with hospitals, public libraries, museums, theatres, opera houses and botanical gardens, while a submarine cable keeps it “in touch” with all the rest of the world. The whole of New Zealand is subject to earthquakes, which nevertheless do not seem to interfere with its prosperous development. In one small area it is possible to count sixty volcanic cones! On that account until recently this city was almost entirely built of wood. In the suburbs of Auckland are extensive forests of great value. Their large straight trees, often one hundred feet in height, are said to make the best ship-timber in the world. These trees are valuable also, not merely from their wood, but from a peculiar gum which they produce, and which is exported in large quantities. This gum is a deposit, not of the living tree, but of the dead ones! It is found usually several feet below the surface of the tree, which sometimes has a diameter of fifteen feet. It looks like amber, and is principally used in the manufacture of varnish. New Zealand consists of three islands, the area of which is almost equal to that of England, Scotland and Ireland. From its extensive seaboard, therefore, it closely resembles the mother country. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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