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Auckland land sale

Auckland land sale

New Zealand’s first towns were commercial ventures designed to profit their founders. The sale of urban land was pivotal to this objective. As towns became cities, demand for land increased, as did its price. Early buyers therefore had the chance to make windfall gains. This notice advertises the first sale of town land in Auckland – which reaped very high prices.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, 26 December 1840, p. 2

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - The first towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010