Construction workers from Kawerau play football at the town’s sports ground in 1955. Kawerau was founded in 1953 as a base for the construction of a large pulp and paper mill. On completion it was to house the mill’s workforce. At the construction peak there were 1,800 workers, from all corners of the world, building the town and mill. It had a reputation as a party town: women looking for husbands would arrive each weekend by the busload. The local police would see them off on Monday morning.
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