Known as The Junction, here’s the intersection of Papanui Road, Salisbury, Montreal and Victoria Streets in 1899. If you are still feeling a little lost, if that old fella was standing there (Victoria Street) today, he would have the Victoria Clock Tower behind him.
What’s amazing is that the Victoria Clock Tower had another home when this photo was taken. In 1897, the tower went up on Manchester Street, almost opposite Bedford Row. It was moved to Victoria Street in 1930 as it needed urgent repairs and was losing the battle of the demands of heavier road traffic on Manchester Street.