Story: Rural services

Building roads

Building roads

These men are breaking rocks for surfacing a road in Northland, about 1910. Roads and railways were essential to open up land for farming in remote areas. They allowed provisions and equipment to be brought into an area to develop it – and farm produce to be taken out to market.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/1-010600; G
Photograph by Northwood Brothers

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Rural services - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 May 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008