Story: Roads

Horse-drawn grader (1st of 3)

Horse-drawn grader

A grader pulled by a team of horses scrapes the mud off a road. Graders helped to form the road surface prior to the application of road metal (crushed stones). Even horse-drawn graders could achieve the same results as many men with shovels and wheelbarrows.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Building roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016