The Lakelet was constructed in October 1909. It was the main feature of the last quadrant of The Square to be developed by the Beautifying Society. James Nash, Mayor of Palmerston North 1908-1923, opened the Lakelet before a crowd on 27 October 1909. 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.
An unidentified man and his dog sit beside the fountain in the Square. This fountain was in western quadrant - this photograph shows it before the Coronation monument for Edward VII was added on top (1925). The band rotunda in the background was built in 1907. Print and negative digitised.