Christchurch was among a small number of New Zealand towns that was built around a public square, in this case Cathedral Square. It was modelled on European towns, where a central square was a hub of civic life. This sketch shows the south side of Cathedral Square in 1875. Apart from the lone figure, the space is surprisingly devoid of life.
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