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Marseilles tiles

Marseilles tiles

Marseilles tiles were introduced to New Zealand in about 1901. The vivid terracotta colour contrasted with the red oxide paint of corrugated iron roofs and the grey of slate roofs. Marseilles tiles were especially popular for English-style houses.

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Jeremy Salmond, 'Building materials - Roofing and glazing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Jeremy Salmond, published 11 Mar 2010