Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

08 April 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: King George V Coronation Rotunda, Inglewood, Taranaki

'New Zealand Odyssey', published in 1989 by Heinemann, was authored by me, Don Donovan (who did the text and illustrations) and Euan Sarginson, who did the photography and design. In this series of blog posts, I will publish some of my drawings.

Back in the good old days when New Zealand knew her place in the hierarchy of commonwealth it was de rigueur to 'do something' about earth shattering events that happened on the other side of the world.

Thus when George the Fifth was crowned in London it was necessary for the inhabitants of loyal Inglewood to mark the occasion. This they did with this bandstand, or rotunda, which is rather charming. I seem to recall that when I did this sketch it was somewhat isolated and I wonder just how many bands have played on its stage. There was a post-Victorian fashion to stroll in the park and to listen to a military band playing selections from Sullivan's music for the Savoy operas but whether that ever happened in Inglewood escapes me.


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