Story: Street life

Queen Street, 1886

Queen Street, 1886

This 1886 engraving captures the atmosphere of Auckland’s Queen Street. The slow pace of traffic meant pedestrians were able to safely cross the street at any point. It was common for friends or acquaintances to stop and chat in the middle of the street.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by William Fitler

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Colonial street life, 1840–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010