Story: Epidemics

Ligar Canal, Auckland, 1860s

Ligar Canal, Auckland, 1860s

Ligar Canal was an open drain located in the middle of Queen St (the main street) in Auckland. It contained raw sewage and other unhygienic material. Open drains created perfect conditions for infectious diseases such as typhoid to spread through the community.

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The typhoid era, 1810s to 1890s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/27782/ligar-canal-auckland-1860s (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018