Story: Farming in the economy

Chew Chong’s general store, 1870s

Chew Chong’s general store, 1870s

Chew Chong, who played a vital role in the establishment of a profitable dairy industry in Taranaki, began his career in business in this general store in New Plymouth. From here, Chew Chong bartered with the small dairy farmers nearby, exchanging goods for butter. He began to export butter to Australia, initially without much success. In 1884 he relocated to Eltham and later established a butter factory there.

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Refrigeration and the growth of the dairy industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17622/chew-chongs-general-store-1870s (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008