historic home is believed to have been built around
1873. It was designed and built by the Government Architect
of the time, Sir William Clayton (1823 - 1877), who
was also responsible for the design of many of New Zealand's
public buildings, including his most famous, Wellington's
Sir William Clayton's
daughter, Mary, married Julius Vogel in 1867. Vogel
later became a distinguished Premier of New Zealand,
from April 1873 until July 1875. The house is said to
have been a gift from Sir William to the young couple.
house occupies a commanding site above Newtown and was
the original homestead for the surrounding area. Vogeltown,
the suburb in which the house is situated, honours Sir
Julius Vogel, and many of the neighbouring properties
are subdivisions from the original estate.
The facade of the house and much of the interior is
original. Over a period of fifteen years, from 1985,
the house was extensively and lovingly restored, with
particular attention being paid to the architectural
style of the Victorian era.
During the final stages
of redevelopment, at the time when the double garage
and sweeping driveway were constructed, artefacts from
Vogel's era were unearthed, indicating that the site
of the garage was where the original stables were situated.
In the year 2000, Julius
Vogel once again commanded public attention because
of his unusual and prophetic work of fiction, published
in 1889, titled "Anno Domini 2000, or Woman's Destiny".
This fascinating book prophesied women presidents, prime
ministers and leaders of the opposition. Among other
things in his Utopian novel, Vogel foresaw global air
travel and "noiseless telegraph", long before
the first successful flight took place, or before computers
were ever dreamed of.
As Premier of New Zealand,
Sir Julius Vogel was responsible for programmes of assisted
immigration to New Zealand, international trade, and
reconciliation with Maori. He was a liberal thinker
and a champion for the rights of women. In 1887 he introduced
the first Women's Suffrage Bill before Parliament. Julius
Vogel was knighted in 1875 for his services to New Zealand.
takes its name from the street onto which it faces,
Finnimore Terrace. It has been occupied by your hosts,
Willie and Kathleen Ryan, since July 1999, and we are
proud to reside in a house with such a colourful history.