Story: Roads

Auckland map, 1842

This plan of Auckland shows its streets and roads – or rather the lack of them – in 1842. At this time goods and people were mainly transported by sea – roads were just bare areas of earth that turned to muck whenever it rained.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl-832.1291gbbd/1842/Acc.22934

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Early roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016