Katherine Mansfield Birthplace is the childhood home of celebrated New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield.
Mansfield was born on 14th October 1888 at number 11 (now number 25) Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington. The house was built by Mansfield’s father Harold Beauchamp and three generations of the Beauchamp family lived there from 1888 to 1893.
The house is open six days a week from 10am – 4pm. It is closed Monday, Christmas Day and Good Friday. Adults are $8, Seniors $6, Students and Community Services cardholders $3. Children are free.
In the foyer to the house there is a gift shop that sells a range of Mansfield’s works and biographies on Mansfield, as well as a small number of miscellanous items such as postcards, tea towels, and t-shirts.
The self guided tour begins here in the foyer. A booklet is supplied with background information on the various rooms in the house and the garden. Visitors are requested to return the guide book when finished.
Guests can explore the drawing room, dining room, servery, kitchen/family dining room and scullery on the ground floor and the grandmother’s bedroom, children’s bedroom and master bedroom upstairs. The house has been restored with furniture and furnishings of the period making the house an excellent example of what New Zealand home life would have been like in the late 19th century.
The master bedroom has been converted into an exhibition room. The walls are lined with family photographs and a 50 minute documentary ‘A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield: A Woman and a Writer’ is screened.
The garden has been replanted with flowers and plants that were available in Wellington during 1880s and 1890s. The house and garden are available to hire as a venue for weddings, birthdays, garden parties and other special occasions.