Story: South Pacific economic relations

Sugar refinery, 1890 (2nd of 3)

Sugar refinery, 1890

In 1884 the Colonial Sugar Refining Company built a large refinery at Birkenhead, on the north side of Auckland harbour, to process its Fijian sugar cane. This is the building in 1890, with ships moored alongside. The refinery was still operating in the early 2000s, making Chelsea brand sugar, although the sugar cane came mainly from Australia.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Herman John Schmidt Collection (PAColl-3059)
Reference: 1/1-001153; G
Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

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Geoff Bertram, 'South Pacific economic relations - Sugar and phosphate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Geoff Bertram, published 11 Mar 2010