First Ground Broken For Street -1851

Embedded into the very pavement of where High and Cashel Streets meet is a plaque acknowledging the spot where the very first ground was broken on a Christchurch street.  Up to this point, only survey pegs marked out the roads.  According the plaque, tussock was removed and the ruts left behind were filled in with what I presume was dirt.  The sea of tussock was finally being broken and tamed.

The plaque mentions that James Edward Fitzgerald (our future Superintendent and founded of The Press) – among many others – was present at this historic moment.

For a more in depth look at our first street, please check out the following link:

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