Story: Occupational structure

Railway workshop workers (1st of 3)

Railway workshop workers

Two different occupational groups are represented by these workers in the foundry at Dunedin’s Hillside railway workshops in 1927. Most of them, wearing overalls and holding hand tools, are manual workers. Their supervisor, Sam Wellington, wearing a suit and tie on the left of the picture, may regard himself as a skilled tradesman or manager. However, according to another type of classification, both the foundry workers and Mr Wellington are part of the routine production group of occupations.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0939-1/2-G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Occupational structure - Defining and measuring occupations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Paul Callister and Robert Didham, published 11 Mar 2010