Story: Wairarapa places

Queen Street

Queen Street

This is Masterton’s main street in 1864, a decade after the town was founded. The street's straightness emphasises how order has been imposed on the landscape, but stands of native trees suggest the wilderness has not been completely tamed. The road was originally known as Main Street, then Bridge Street, as it crossed a series of bridges over creeks. Later it was renamed Queen Street after Queen Victoria.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Masterton', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015