Story: Agricultural processing industries

Crowded mills

Crowded mills

This view of the inside of Dunedin’s Roslyn Woollen Mill in about 1907 shows how crowded mills were, with young women working very close to each other and the dangerous machinery. Mills were noisy and often badly ventilated. Workers suffered breathing problems and were affected by the chemicals used.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Labour Department Collection
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Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Wool processing in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010