Story: Sewage, water and waste

Swampy Dunedin

Swampy Dunedin

To reach the Otago Peninsula settlers had to walk along Old Andersons Bay Road, shown here in 1864. These mudflats were the outlet for many of Dunedin’s drains in the 1860s. Rubbish, rotting fish and stable manure was also dumped there, adding to the stench.

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Māori and colonial settlements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010