Story: Suburbs

First state houses, Petone

First state houses, Petone

This row of ‘workmen’s homes’ still stands in Patrick St, Petone, near Wellington, after more than a century. These early state houses were built to high standards, but often proved too expensive and too far from workplaces to suit the low-income residents they were intended for.

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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1909, H-11B

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Mark Derby, 'Suburbs - The state builds suburbs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010