Story: Agricultural processing industries

War boosts woollen mills

War boosts woollen mills

During the South African War and the world wars woollen mills ran at full production to produce khaki for army uniforms. In this advertisement from the Second World War a drill sergeant shouts ‘Wait for it!’ to members of the home guard. Civilians often had to wait for material and other woollen products, such as blankets, while the mills filled their military orders.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-E-COSTUME-1940-01

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Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Woollen mills in the 20th and 21st centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010