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Black & White Sunday: Timeless

The Thistle Inn


Destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1866, the diminutive Thistle Inn has stood in modest splendour on the same spot for the last 175 years. From its wide front windows it has watched a cavalcade of Wellington’s history pass by and rubbed shoulders with politicians, felons and the famous characters of New Zealand history. Today, protected by a Category One Preservation Order, it is still popular with local office workers for a lunchtime break and in the evening it still resonates with the sounds of talk, laughter and the clink of glasses.

The story has it that local chief Te Rauparaha would pull up his waka (canoe) on the shore outside the pub (prior to the 1855 eathquake the bar stood right on the foreshore) wander in and order a whiskey and no one had the courage to charge him.  Sadly there is no evidence to verify this.

Taken and posted for Paula’s Black and White challenge with the theme of timeless