From the late 1860s the government encouraged the growth of manufacturing to reduce New Zealand’s reliance on imported goods. Manufacturing favoured city locations due to their ample labour supply and ready access to markets. This is the interior of Ballantyne’s furniture factory in Christchurch in 1900, with chair frames hanging from the rafters. The furniture was sold in its department store, the company believing its wares bore positive comparison with those made overseas.
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