Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Frimley Canning Factory, about 1910

Frimley Canning Factory, about 1910

James Nelson Williams started the first successful horticultural manufacturing business in Hawke’s Bay. His Frimley Canning Factory operated from 1904 to 1913, when the plant was sold to a Nelson company. Here, men are making tin cans to hold the food products. William was a good employer; a visitor to the factory in 1910 described his employees as ‘bright, healthy workers’ who enjoyed ‘ideal conditions’. (Quoted in M. B. Boyd, City of the plains: a history of Hastings. Wellington: Victoria University Press for Hastings District Council, 1984, p. 107.)

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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1910, H-11

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Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015