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Public Square proposed for Masterton - 1902

Evening Post, 27 September 1902
A well-attended meeting of citizens was held yesterday to consider the question of forming a public square.

Mr.H. C. L. Robinson, the convener, explained the proposal, which is either to lease or purchase a part of what is known as the Anglican Church acre, opposite the Post Office.

A deputation was appointed to wait on the Borough Council to further the objects of the meeting.

The first St Matthew's Anglican Church, 1880

The Anglican Church Acre mentioned in this story still exists and is owned by Masterton Anglican Parish (St Matthew's). It is leased to commercial organisations.  This church acre, the northern boundary of which is Church Street, extends from Dixon Street to Queen Street.  The first St Matthew's Church and school room was on this site, roughly where Shoprite is located.

In 1913 the second St Matthew's was built, on the site of the present St Matthew's, in Church Street, east of Dixon Street.


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