Story: Inner-city living

Merchants’ homes

Merchants’ homes

Before the advent of cheap public transport in the early 20th century, most people lived within walking distance of city workplaces. Auckland’s Princes St, pictured here in the 1880s, was popular among affluent merchants, who were aptly nicknamed ‘merchant princes’. It is now the site of the University of Auckland.

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Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, 'Inner-city living - Early inner-city living and its decline', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23734/merchants-homes (accessed 18 May 2021)

Story by Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010