Story: King Country region

SS Mokau, Mōkau River, 1908

SS Mokau, Mōkau River, 1908

Rivers remained a useful means of transport after Europeans settled in the King Country, particularly in the early years when roads were rudimentary or non-existent. This is the SS Mokau leaving a sawmill on the banks of the Mōkau River around 1908. Steamships like this would have dropped off supplies to the camps at sawmills and coal mines along the river and picked up bulk items – coal and timber – to transport to larger centres.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. A. Collis Collection
Reference: 1/1-002260-G
Photograph by W. A. Collis

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Transport and infrastructure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34901/ss-mokau-mokau-river-1908 (accessed 15 November 2018)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Mar 2015