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Canterbury street, Canterbury Museum

Canterbury street, Canterbury Museum

This replica of an 1890s Canterbury street at Canterbury Museum gives modern visitors an idea of what life was like for European settlers in New Zealand. The increased interest in colonial history from the 1940s onwards led both Auckland and Canterbury museums to set up such replica streets containing idealised versions of the shops and businesses of the Victorian era.

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Canterbury Museum, R. J. Reynolds Collection
Reference: 1990.358.902

Permission of Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Conal McCarthy, 'Museums - Museums expand and diversify, 1945 to 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

Story by Conal McCarthy, published 22 Oct 2014