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Lambton Quay, 1856 (2nd of 3)

Lambton Quay, 1856

Beaches were convenient thoroughfares until the construction of streets. Wellington’s Lambton Quay followed the Lambton Harbour foreshore and was popularly known as ‘The Beach’ (until land reclamation pushed the shore further away). It connected Thorndon and Te Aro – the northern and southern parts of the settlement. In this 1856 painting groups linger and chat at the quay’s southern end.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-040
Pencil and watercolour sketch by William Howard Holmes

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Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Colonial street life, 1840–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010