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Queen Street, Masterton, in 1910, showing double lamps on a concrete pedestal, in the middle of the road - 89-011/1.R1B1S1

Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 7869, 8 October 1904, Page 4
The erection of lamps in the middle of the street appears to be becoming more and more popular. Where it has been employed it appears to have no drawbacks. The drivers of vehicles soon become accustomed to them, and accidents are of rare occurrence.
Members of the Masterton Borough Council, while travelling to Feilding, on Thursday, took the opportunity of gleaning information regarding these, both at that place and Palmerston North.  
Since the lamp has been erected, however, not a single mishap has occurred, and public opinion now appears to be changing in favour of the new and apparently better system of street lighting.


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