Story: Rural workers

Sam Weller (3rd of 3)

Sam Weller

Hawker Sam Weller poses with some of his wares in 1887. The sign on his cart notes that he is deaf and dumb. Hawkers relied on their mobility to sell goods at a premium. They took merchandise to isolated farmhouses, and sold fabric and curios to women and children who rarely visited towns.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - On the road', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008