The Miramar Prison Garden would not have existed if not for the Wellington Prison, one of New Zealand's oldest prisons. The garden provided recreation, rehabilitation, and most importantly food for prisoners for 85 years.
The National Library of New Zealand has a large collection of written and recorded artefacts about the prison. When the prison was permanently closed in 2012, an open day was run by Corrections staff. The day was very popular, with a large turnout of locals and visitors keen to see within the walls. Stuff reported on the day, and local farmer Henri Reed was there, collecting these images.