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yesterday you saw three of the Parliament buildings
in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, here the fourth one.

Completed in 1899, the New Zealand Parliamentary Library is the oldest of the buildings in the Parliament complex. It stands to the north of Parliament House (to its right, looking from the front).

The library was designed in Gothic revival style and was fire resistant, being constructed of masonry. The third story of the design was not built to save money. It had an iron fire-door separating the library from the main entrance section. This saved the library from the fire of 1907 which destroyed the rest of the (wooden) parliament buildings. (Coincidentally, exactly the same thing happened in Ottawa, Canada, in 1916—with fire doors saving the Library when the Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament burned.)

There are fern trees near the building. Cyathea dealbata, also known as the silver tree-fern is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand. It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealanders themselves. the fern has become one of the most widely recognized symbols of New Zealand, next to the Kiwi, though it is not an official symbol.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10114 W: 144 N: 25302] (123269)
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