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Looking across the lakelet to All Saints Church, which was built in 1914-1915. The pond 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. The Lakelet is shaped as a butterfly, with the wings being bisected by a bridge as its body. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Lake. The Grand Hotel, on the left side of the photograph, was built in 1906. The cannon at centre 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.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2014N_Sq98_008594
Title
Lakelet in The Square
Held In
Coolstore
Relation
Public Photograph Collection Sq 98
Date
circa 1939

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Place
The Square, Palmerston North

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Taxonomy

Tags
1930s,
all saints church,
black and white,
butterfly lake,
cannon,
grand hotel,
lakelet,
leisure,
park bench,
photographs,
summer,
sun,
the square,
trees,
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