Story: South Canterbury region

Timaru breakwater

Timaru breakwater

A heavy south-easterly swell crashes against the Port of Timaru’s southern breakwater, in a photograph taken around 1898. The completion of the artificial harbour in the 1880s provided ships with a safe haven and enabled the port to expand.

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Photograph by Alfred Burton

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Timaru and its port', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017