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This photograph looks across the lakelet to All Saints Church, which was built in 1914-1915. The body of water visible in the foreground is the Butterfly Lakelet, which was constructed in October 1909. It was the main feature of the last quadrant of The Square to be developed by the then Beautifying Society. It is shaped as a butterfly, with the wings being bisected by a bridge as its body. The cannon (partially visible on right) was one of two installed in The Square in 1909. The guns were originally purchased by the Government in 1879 and installed at Fort Ngahauranga overlooking Port Nicholson, Wellington Harbour. They never fired a shot and were obsolete by 1900, when two were acquired by the Palmerston North Borough Council for display in the Square. By 1939, the Council decided the cannons had outlived their usefulness and sold them to a scrap dealer.

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Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2014N_Sq362_008714
Title
Lakelet and Square Gardens
Relation
Public Photograph Collection Sq 362
Held In
Coolstore

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Place
The Square, Palmerston North
Date
1940

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Palmerston North Libraries and Community Services

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