The suburb of Mt Victoria occupies the foothills between the Wellington city centre and Mt Victoria. European occupation dates back to the mid-nineteenth century and houses from the 1860s and 1870s still exist. The houses are predominately wooden cottages and villas, contributing to the ‘little boxes on a hill’ character of inner-city Wellington.
In response to community concern that the heritage of this historic suburb was not being protected, the Wellington City Council organised a heritage study of the suburb.
As a student placement from Victoria University, I was assigned two streets. Histories of each house were researched and written, touching on when the house was built, what modifications had been done, and who the previous occupants had been. General street histories were then written.