Story: South Canterbury region

A private landing service (1st of 2)

A private landing service

Dissatisfied with the Government Landing Service, in 1868 local merchants formed the Timaru Landing and Shipping Company. They constructed a new building at the bottom of George Street for their premises. Made of bluestone, it is the last remaining building of its type in the southern hemisphere. The completion of Timaru’s artificial port in the 1880s made the landing services obsolete. The building is now a tourist information centre.

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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