Story: Streets and lighting

Laying wood blocks, 1913

Laying wood blocks, 1913

On busy streets tar-soaked wooden blocks were laid to provide a stronger and more durable surface than macadam. The blocks would be cemented into place by pug (clay). This 1913 image shows workers laying blocks along Auckland’s Karangahape Road.

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How to cite this page:

Adrian Humphris, 'Streets and lighting - Street construction and surfaces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 April 2024)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010