Burnside Church, Wairarapa, New Zealand, 10 December 2005

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    This church was built in 1875 and is a typical example of rural New Zealand churches of its era. It is still in use and beautifully preserved and maintained outside and in. This part of the North Island was originally settled by Europeans who purchased the land from local Maori and opened up large sheep runs. This was achieved peacefully because the local iwi believed that European settlement would offer them protections against the aggressions of the Taranaki tribes, and because some important tribal chiefs were converted to Christianity by William Colenso.

    This church was built as a chapel for a single farm and its workers. That is why it is not in a village. This history reminds me of many estate churches in England - for example that at Parham in West Sussex where my son got married.

    We couldn't get inside because it was locked, but the interior woodwork is a must for a return visit!

    BillyWarhol, robertleib, and 79 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. G0Da 106 months ago | reply

      There is something about this image that is making my eyes do strange things, It seems like the coulds are the only part of this photo that look real, the rest seems to feel like pasted on there almost. Some times HDR will give a similar effect but this one is strange, it almost seems as if you took each section of the photo and did tweaks to it then put them all back together, I like the view I just feel that the PS is a bit too heavy here, Beautiful church though.

      From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 4.5/7 ranking.

    2. EssjayNZ 106 months ago | reply


      Ditching the highest and lowest score you get a total of 27.5 out of 35 in the MiRea's Realm Group.

      You are invited to post your pic in MiRea's Realm Upper Chamber

    3. Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton 102 months ago | reply

      Thanks for applying to the 1500 views and 60 faves group! This is a superb photo. You have been accepted!

    4. rustyalishere 99 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful shot . A combination of dark clouds with the photographer ready to shot when a burst of sun breaks through can produce some very interesting images. I love the composition with the branches protecting the church and the fence leading the locals into the small gate. I would like you to check an image that I have called Lake Onslow which I waited for the sun to burst through the dark clouds. It is no where as good as you photo

    5. Brenda Anderson 90 months ago | reply

      We drove by here on Saturday... and I said, "hey look, there's Phillip's church from Flickr" :)

    6. Carlos Alberto Ávila 83 months ago | reply

      Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado SUPER ***** FAVORITOS e nós adoraríamos ter isto adicionado ao grupo!

    7. Canterbury Heritage 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called New Zealand History, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. stacey322 71 months ago | reply

      Hey Williams Colenso is my ancester

    9. ~Brenda-Starr~ 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called
      The StockYard,
      and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Beautifully done!

      Found in a search. (?)

    10. maxy_tiens 53 months ago | reply

      wonderfullll..... beutiful church I am like it.....

    11. Luke-rative 52 months ago | reply

      Lovely photo.... remember, the REAL church Ü

    12. Kiky Saras 43 months ago | reply

      awesome scenery :)

    13. GUIDEPACKER 39 months ago | reply

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