Cuba St - Wellington

A DigitalNZ Story by wellingtonian

Good old memories about Wellington's famous Cuba Street.

Street, Wellington, Cuba street

 In 1842, the Tonks were one of the first families to settle around what was to become Cuba Street. They bought up a lot of the property in the area and established successful brickyards. Eventually, local streets including Tonks Grove, Arthur Street, and Frederick Street were named after members of the family.  

Cuba Street, Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Cuba Street, Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Cuba Street, Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Cuba Street, Wellington, 1939

Alexander Turnbull Library

Even in the early days of the mid-1800s, Cuba Street was a busy neck of the woods with a local market for country folk to sell their produce, a violin maker, two grocers, a butcher, a bell hanger and locksmith, a painter and glazier, a boot shop, a draper, and of course a pub – the Nag’s Head Inn.  

Free bus to Cuba Street, Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Firemen and engines, Cuba Street

Palmerston North City Library

Cuba Street, Wellington

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa