Story: Farm fencing

Fencing wire advertisement, 1866

Fencing wire advertisement, 1866

This advertisement for fencing wire from the Nelson Examiner, March 1866, illustrates the transition in farm fencing. Fencing wire was becoming more readily available, leading to a move away from ditch-and-bank fences and stone walls. These agents are advertising two types of wire, but the lighter and softer galvanised wire was replacing black solid wire, which was harder to work and to keep strained.

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Reference: Nelson Examiner, 3 March 1866, p. 4

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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - Wire fencing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008