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Princes Street, 1861 (3rd of 3)

Princes Street, 1861

The primitive condition of early city streets is evident in this 1861 image of Dunedin’s Princes Street. A dirt carriageway, lined by rudimentary ditches, runs along its centre. On either side are dirt and grass footpaths. While a girl and dog walk along the footpath, other pedestrians stick to the carriageway. There is no street lighting, making night-time travel a hazard.

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Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Colonial street life, 1840–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010