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Winter Lecture 1: Hamurana Revisited

For over 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s 29 Princes St, known as Hamurana, was the home of Civic Trust Auckland. One of the five merchant houses still preserved on Princes St, backing on to Albert Park, Hamurana has an important place in the history of Civic Trust Auckland.

In our 50th year, we thought it would be interesting to revisit Hamurana and reflect on that history, and on Sunday 24th June, a sunny winter’s afternoon, we remembered some of the Hamurana Civic Trust history.

We were also able to visit the neighbouring house, No. 27, which had modifications by architect Roy Lippincott, in 1934. It still has the original pressed tin ceiling in the Grand Room upstairs, and the original kitchen and breakfast nook from the 1930s. 

Gloria Jenkins

We looked at photos and material from past years, along with reminiscences from Civic Trust members who worked out of Hamurana. Thanks to Gloria Jenkins, Margaret Barriball, Roy Clements, John Strevens and Tony Watkins for revisiting some of the many Civic Trust seminars, projects and social events organised from Hamurana.


No. 27 Princes St

John Strevens

Roy Clements

Roy Clements