Story: Sewage, water and waste

Ligar Canal, Auckland

Ligar Canal, Auckland

The Ligar Canal was an infamous open drain that ran along Auckland’s Queen Street. This 1860s photo shows it crossed by rickety footbridges and surrounded by rough fences. The presence of raw sewage in open drains not only made early cities stink – it also led to high rates of disease and death.

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Dirt and disease', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010