Story: Workshop industries

Cooper and coachbuilder (2nd of 4)

Cooper and coachbuilder

A cooperage was a workshop making wooden barrels, an essential enterprise in the days before plastic or metal containers were widely available to store and transport liquids. C. Gaustad's steam cooperage, shown here around 1890, stood next to T. Hall's coachbuilding, wheelwright and undertaker's workshop – three related trades requiring expert woodworking skills.

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Reference: 2007N_Bc18_WOR_0076
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Ian Hunter, 'Workshop industries - The first New Zealand workshops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2020)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010