Story: Streets and lighting

Open sewer, Queen Street

Open sewer, Queen Street

The condition of many early streets was primitive. They were dust bowls in summer and quagmires in winter. This is Auckland’s Queen Street in the 1860s. It was bisected by a stream called the Ligar Canal – formerly Te Wai Horotiu. It was little more than an open sewer, and a hazard for the unwary pedestrian.

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Photograph by James D. Richardson

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Adrian Humphris, 'Streets and lighting - Building and funding streets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24474/open-sewer-queen-street (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010