Story: Furniture

Tonson Garlick factory in Auckland (1st of 2)

Tonson Garlick factory in Auckland

This 1910s advertisement shows the Tonson Garlick furniture factory in Auckland. While mechanisation eroded the craft aspect of furniture making (where one or two people made a whole piece), the factory system increased demand for semi-skilled labour, where each worker handled only a small part of the production process. Accordingly, the factory was sited near the city's working-class districts of Grafton, Freemans Bay and Ponsonby. With a total staff of 148, it was a relatively large enterprise.

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Reference: Eph-B-DÉCOR-1910-01-004

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William Cottrell, 'Furniture - Early manufacturing and retailing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by William Cottrell, published 5 Sep 2013