Story: Housing



V-huts were distinctive to the Canterbury settlement and were put up as temporary accommodation for new settlers. The buildings consisted of a thatched roof with door and windows at one end. They appear not to have had chimneys, suggesting cooking was done outside. These were built at Riccarton and photographed in 1864.

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 19XX.2.190
Photograph by Alfred Charles Barker

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing - The first houses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013