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Motorway protest

Motorway protest

Protesters walk along a section of Wellington’s urban motorway, constructed during the 1960s and 1970s. The route passed through the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and more than 3,700 graves were removed. Most of the remains were interred in a mass grave called the Early Settlers Memorial Lawn – referred to in the sign ‘The city’s founders turned in their graves for this’.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Traffic on the roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23311/motorway-protest (accessed 26 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016