Story: Housing and government

Railway houses, Ōtira

Railway houses, Ōtira

The Railways Department had provided housing for some of its workers since the 1880s, but in the 1920s a shortage of suitable housing led it to increase provision. It built a factory at Frankton, near Hamilton, to produce prefabricated housing to a series of standardised designs. These were then shipped to sites for assembly. Most of these were in the North Island, but some houses were sent to the South Island and erected at railways settlements such as Ōtira, in the Southern Alps – shown here in 1953.

Using this item

Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAVK W3493 B 4171

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - State loans and state houses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012