Story: Roads

Broken axle

Broken axle

The Slope Point mail service on the road near Fortrose in Southland is delayed by a broken axle in the 1890s. Rainwater on unmetalled roads (roads without gravel) ran down the grooves formed by the narrow metal rims of cart wheels. As ruts grew deeper they became a hazard. If one wheel got caught and the other remained high on the road the cart could tip or the strain could break the axle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: 1/2-022520; F; MNZ-2096

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Traffic on the roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23308/broken-axle (accessed 28 February 2020)

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