Ref: Auckland Council, Khartoum Place pre-1993.
Ref: Auckland Council, Khartoum Place, 2011.
Ref: Auckland Council, Suffragette mural, 2011.
In 2011 Mr Langsford tried again to have the mural removed so patrons could reach the newly refurbished Art Gallery from Khartoum Place via a new staircase similar to the Roman Spanish Steps. Art commentator Hamish Keith agreed with this proposal, calling the memorial “a sordid blot on Auckland’s urban landscape.”
Margaret Wilson, a National Council of Women’s Auckland executive member, was appalled that the memorial might be “bowled for the sake of a staircase” and the group presented a 4,300 signature petition from those wanting the memorial to stay. That year, Council voted to protect the memorial in perpetuity with Mayor Len Brown calling it a “national treasure” - and an additional staircase was built in an unused section of the wall in Upper Khartoum Place to improve access to the Art Gallery.
Ref: Jay Farnworth, Staircase in Khartoum Place, 10 September 2014, Auckland Council, 38-279153.
Author: Leanne, Central Auckland Research Centre