The settlement of Jerusalem (Hiruharama to the Maori) is a small village on the banks of the Whanganui River. It was named by an early missionary who used biblical names for a number of small settlements he established on the river, most of which have now disappeared. The church visible is St Joseph's church attached to the convent of the Sisters of Compassion, established in 1892 by the French nun, Suzanne Aubert (Sister Mary Joseph)which is the only religious order founded in New Zealand. Only two or three nuns reside here now, using it as a religious retreat. One of New Zealand's best known modern poets, James Baxter, established a commune in Jerusalem in the 1960s and died here in 1972, being buried behind the convent.
This photo was taken a number of years ago on Fujichrome slide film - scanned & digitised.
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holmertz (26854) 2013-01-12 12:48
This is a very nice view, looking very idyllic with the lush vegetation all around the few houses and the hilly surroundings. The river seems to be a very quiet one, no visible signs of strong currents. The slight haze upon the background hills is quite attractive. It's a well composed postcard kind of a picture and the scan is well done with well kept sharpness and natural colours.
amir2009m (268) 2013-01-13 2:10
Hello Neil Rawlins,
Fantastic, wonderful, heavenly photo. My appreciation.
ceepea (55) 2013-01-14 3:09
I used to live in Wanganui. I took the same picture in the mid 1970's.
Since moved to South Africa.
Silvio1953 (97953) 2013-01-16 11:09
Ciao Neil, fascinating composition with fantastic reflections, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Vasa (15970) 2013-01-31 15:59
New Zealand is your big inspiration and your gallery is the great place for visuals meetings. I like that scene from Manawatu, and it could be an amazing impressionist toil. Many of your pictures tell about your sensibility. Many thanks and so glad to meet you here.