Story: Streets and lighting

Laying bitumen

Laying bitumen

Men lay bitumen during the construction of a road in the 1920s. The work was labour-intensive, with some workers shovelling the hot bitumen onto the road and others hurriedly distributing it with rakes before it cooled. A steamroller would then smooth the surface.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tyndall Collection
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Adrian Humphris, 'Streets and lighting - Street construction and surfaces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24487/laying-bitumen (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010