Auckland Libraries: From Flour to Towers

From Flour to Towers - Josiah Clifton Firth

Wednesday 13 October 12pm to 1pm Free

Join Lisa Truttman for this talk about Josiah Clifton Firth and his businesses which were an integral part of Auckland's developing economy in the second half of the 19th century.

Image: Exterior view of Firth's Castle (Clifton House) in Castle Drive, Mount Eden, the home of Josiah Clifton Firth who added a concrete tower to his wooden house in the late 1870s. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 4-8867
Inset: Josiah Clifton Firth. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 34-130
For over 40 years, Josiah Clifton Firth and his businesses were an integral part of Auckland's developing economy in the second half of the 19th century. He was an ultimate capitalist, riding the waves of opportunity to profit by both his businesses and the Waikato War. He was also an obstinate defender of his own self-interests and a dreamer of dreams that saw the creation of at least two enduring features on the landscape, testaments to his fancies. 

Join Lisa Truttman as she discusses the life and times of a complex captain of Victorian Auckland industry.

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This event will be held in the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium (Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets) and online via Zoom.

Image: Exterior view of Firth's Castle (Clifton House) in Castle Drive, Mount Eden, the home of Josiah Clifton Firth who added a concrete tower to his wooden house in the late 1870s. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 4-8867
Inset: Josiah Clifton Firth. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 34-130
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