Story: Marlborough region

Gibsontown flax mill, 1906

Gibsontown flax mill, 1906

New Zealand flax, which grew well in the swampy conditions common in the lower Wairau valley and other parts of lowland Marlborough, was harvested for its fibre when prices made it profitable, such as between 1900 and 1920. Gibsontown was located between the Wairau River and Renwick, near the present-day course of Gibsons Creek.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Extractive industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31772/gibsontown-flax-mill-1906 (accessed 24 July 2018)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 16 Nov 2016