A Timeline showing the Historical Development of Evans Bay


The area I have selected is Evans Bay, which includes The Bay itself and also Evans Bay Parade and Cobham Dr, which features many of the key elements to the areas development. When describing the place itself we see that it is a main Bay in Wellington Harbour that stretches to many different suburbs. However, Evans Bay Parade stretches from Oriental Parade to Rongotai Rd and is one the longest and most significant roads in Wellington as it has been a main stake in history since the mid to late 1800’s (Weber, 2013). Today Evan’s Bay and Evan’s Bay Parade is largely a residential area with many upscale apartments as well as high delisle schooling and sport grounds and stadiums (Weber, 2013).  Then in recent years it has taken on the trend of developing is aesthetic with architectural wind sculptures, which is linking the historic area with the historic stereotype of “windy wellington”.

I selected this place due to the extreme changes that Evans Bay has gone through. As shown in my digital timeline, this place has gone from an industrial area, crucial to 1880 New Zealand to now being urbanised and turned into a residential area. I feel as though this evolution has meant that this place is extremely interesting with a lot relevant history behind it.

For me this place is extremely family related as much of my immediate family lives in the area of Evans Bay. My cousins and grandfather have also gone to St Patricks College which is the High School at the heart Evans Bay. And then as well as being involved in the residential area of the place. My family and I are also heavily involved in the Marist St Patricks Rugby club which adds a lot of New Zealander culture the area. So, as you can see the place has a lot sentiment to my family and I so this place seemed the perfect fit to tell historical story about.

Typically, this place is represented as purely a residential area which only provides path way to the Airport. For the outside eye this place is not represented as much as historical element of the place is kept quiet and in the background, only known by those truly local to the area. In the eye of a tourist this place may just seem as road and a small Bay but in fact this place is much more than that and means a lot more than that to the makeup of the Wellington Region.

When it comes to looking after, maintaining or being in charge of this place, it is simply mutual respect between the Wellington Council and the people who live and travel in this area. If the people of Evans Bay, Miramar and Rongotai keep the area clean and tidy, protecting the area of pollution, then the Wellington Council will do the same and the place will continue to flourish and be a healthy blend of nature and urbanisation.

Throughout my time line I have conveyed that Evans Bay is in fact one of the most historical areas across the Wellington region and display that the place has gone through significant development and change. The place of Evans Bay has gone from an industrial Marine Service to an urbanised residential area where people now live, school and become part of club sport culture. Whilst as mentioned many people only see it as a pathway to the Airport or more suburbs. When in fact my story aims to show what it truly is and what it should now be shown to the public as.  The affordances of societal technology have allowed for me to fully examine the area and convey it in its full potential as I am able to delve into how the affordances of technology have allowed society to form and reside in this place (Hutchby, 2001).

Similar to what is mentioned above, after viewing my story map or timeline the audience should have gained an understanding into the true side of Evans Bay and instead of seeing it just as a normal road or bay, they should see it in a historical light and seek to understand the affordances that has allowed society to urbanise and establish themselves in the place (Hutchby, 2001). The understanding of space and place within social media should from this day forth should act as a key figure in the new representation of this area. we should now see as a vital example or urbanisation along with fully understanding the history that come with the place of Evans Bay.

Works Cited

Farman, Jason. “Stories, Spaces, and Bodies: The Production of Embodied Space through Mobile Media Storytelling.” Communication Research and Practice, vol. 1, no. 2, Mar. 2015, pp. 101–116., doi:10.1080/22041451.2015.1047941.

Hutchby, Ian. “Technologies, Texts and Affordances.” Sociology, vol. 35, no. 2, 2001, pp. 441–456., doi:10.1017/s0038038501000219.

“Street History: Evans Bay Parade.” Stuff, http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/7442891/Street-history-Evans-Bay-Parade.