Story: Suburbs

Slum housing, Auckland, 1905

Slum housing, Auckland, 1905

Freemans Bay, a hillside suburb between Ponsonby and the harbour, was where Auckland’s poor were concentrated at the start of the 20th century. This jumble of small, cheaply built and insanitary slum houses prompted a press campaign to move its residents into low-cost suburban housing.

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Mark Derby, 'Suburbs - The suburban ideal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010