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Timber export sites, 1829–39

Timber export sites, 1829–39

In the 1820s and 1830s, timber stations were set up at harbours around the coasts of Northland, the Coromandel Peninsula and northern Waikato. Māori felled and milled kauri trees at these stations, usually supervised by European sawyers. The timber and spars were shipped to Britain and, from the 1830s, to the new Australian colonies.

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Source: Roger Philip Wigglesworth, ‘The New Zealand timber and flax trade, 1769–1840.’ PhD thesis, Massey University, 1984

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - The timber trade before 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007