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Austrian pre-fabs (1st of 2)

Austrian pre-fabs

A shortage of materials and labour in the early 1950s led the government to import 500 pre-fabricated dwellings from Austria to meet state housing demand. These were assembled in Tītahi Bay by 194 Austrian tradesmen brought in for the task. After completing their work some of them stayed on and became New Zealanders.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Porirua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13503/austrian-pre-fabs (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016