The Houseboat - Wanganui River

Roland Searle, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1930.
About the Work
Mr Hatrick's houseboat, the 'Makere', on the Wanganui River. Built in 1904, the boat was moored on the right bank of the Ohura River, near the junction with the Wanganui River. Constructed in Taumarunui, the vessel had no power and its 92ft length and 20ft beam had to be towed to its anchorage at the mouth of the Ohura River. Electric light, flush lavatories, hot and cold water were all on board. The lower deck had 18 cabins, the upper deck, an open lounge with deck chairs, a smoking room, dining room for 30 people with a piano and a large social hall. Used as a floating hotel, the houseboat was a popular stopover destination for travellers. Constructed entirely of timber, the vessel was destroyed by fire on August 25, 1933.
Image 147 x 200mm
silver gelatin print
Close up black and white photo of a white house boat with black trim detail.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1987
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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