Story: Middle Eastern peoples

Joe Farry and his van (2nd of 2)

Joe Farry and his van

Brothers Joe and Saba Farry sold goods around the lower South Island. Using a truck chassis, they designed and built this van. Joe continued to operate his Southland run with a horse and cart during the late 1920s. When the horse died in 1929 the brothers joined forces in the van and concentrated on Southland and South Otago. Ever enterprising, they also opened a clothing factory in Dunedin. This decision reflected a change in focus as second-generation Lebanese embarked on more settled work, managing stores and other businesses.

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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - The Lebanese', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015