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Historic Mileposts, Research Material

Collection | Ref # MNP MS 168 | Held by South Auckland Research Centre

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Historic Mileposts, Research Material


Harlow, Dianne

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Reference number:

MNP MS 168


A collection of photocopied articles, book chapters, newsclippings, maps, letters and photographs gathered for background research on the subject of historic mileposts.

The article “Historical Mileposts of the Great South Road” was published in New Zealand Historical Places Trust Auckland Branch Newsletter, August 2002, vol. 31 no. 3, p.3.

Some time during the 1860s, onwards, a series of wooden mileposts were erected on Great South Road, the main route south from Auckland. Distances were measured from 'Sommerville's Corner' (the intersection of Shortland Street and Queen Street). The sequence began with a one-mile post outside the "Church of England Cemetery" (the Symonds Street cemetery) and - according to most accounts - ended with a 22-mile post at Drury.
There has been conflicting opinions as to whether the mileposts were erected by the military or by the Auckland Provincial Council.

Dates covered:

1863 - 2012



Physical characteristics:

Box holding six folders containing documents and one folder containing photographs and colour photocopies of photographs. 0.022 linear metres

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