Story: Streets and lighting

Lamplight, 1867

Lamplight, 1867

The first street lighting was often provided by hotels and bars to attract custom. Large lamps like this one outside Hokitika’s Shotover Hotel in 1867 were common, although the weakness of light they emitted often belied the size of the lamp.

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Adrian Humphris, 'Streets and lighting - Street lighting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010