Story: Income and wealth distribution

Brick makers (1st of 2)

Brick makers

Four workers stand over a brick-making machine in Enoch Tonks’ brick factory on Webb Street, Wellington, in the late 19th century. Apart from William Tonks (right), who was the owner's son, it is unlikely that they received a high proportion of the return to the business – the share of income which went to wages at that time in New Zealand was not high.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tonks Family records
Reference: qMS-2022-053a

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Brian Easton, 'Income and wealth distribution - Factor income', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010