John Weeks

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1886, d.1965

Victoria Square

  • Purchased 1983
  • Reproduced courtesy of the Peter O´Connor Collection
  • Oil on linoleum
  • 290 x 340mm
  • 83/15
  • 1921
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Dr Geoffrey Rice, author of 'Victoria Square: cradle of Canterbury' (Canterbury University Press, 2014) suggests that this scene is a view from the horse watering ramp on the west side of Victoria Square looking towards the corner of Armagh Street and Oxford Terrace. The two-storey building appears to be Palairet's Building, a wooden office block that stood on this corner. At one time it housed the secretaries of the various NZ trotting and racing clubs.