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Union Steam Ship Company pocket guide

Union Steam Ship Company pocket guide

By the 1880s anyone wanting to travel by sea around New Zealand, or across the Tasman to Australia, would have carried one of these – the Union Steam Ship Company’s monthly pocket guide, which listed its sailings and the timetables of government railways. The Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand was formed in 1875 and traded for more than 120 years. For much of that time it was the country’s largest private employer.

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Gary Hawke, 'Large companies - Capital and large companies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Gary Hawke, published 11 Mar 2010