Story: City history and people

Invercargill’s grid plan

Most colonial towns were laid out on grid plans. These imposed instant order over the landscape and made it easier for landowners to subdivide. This map of Invercargill in 1887 highlights the evolution of the town, with new suburban blocks of land being developed in a piecemeal fashion around the original settlement.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZ Map 6622a

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How to cite this page:

David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - The shape of cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/23513/invercargills-grid-plan (accessed 28 October 2020)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010