Story: Farming in the economy

Belfast Freezing Works, 1920s

Belfast Freezing Works, 1920s

The workers at the Belfast Freezing Works, in Christchurch, were paid according to the number of sheep they killed and skinned per day. Later, a chain system was introduced where each person performed a specific task as the carcass travelled along a moving chain – this was much faster and more hygienic.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Refrigeration and sheep farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17615/belfast-freezing-works-1920s (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008