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Yes, home-sweet-home indeed ! We had a lot of fun with this photo when I took my wife Heather on her first trip to the UK. Whenever I had the chance I showed this photo to people and said ’ This is our home in NewZealand.’ I just loved the expressions on their faces, never sure whether to believe us or not.
Heather was quick to inform them that it WASN’T our home although that is her at the door – it is actually one of the first European buildings on Great Barrier Island off the coast of NZ. During the Maori wars of the 1850’s English settlers quite often ex-soldiers, were offered land in New Zealand if they would join the British Forces in the wars. Some of this land was on Gt. Barrier Island and this old building dates from that period. It has been derelict for a considerable time.
it has two rooms where a whole family would have lived and still has the original Victorian wallpaper on the walls. Some people say it is haunted but it is actually Penguins nesting under the house.
LOCATION – Tryphena, Great Barrier Island, in the Hauraki Gulf off the North island, New Zealand.
PENTAX P30n, film SLR, photo scanned and digitised.