Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Road construction, early 1900s

Road construction, early 1900s

In south Taranaki a traction engine rolls the road while in the background men are shovelling gravel onto the road. Such work was necessary to stop unsealed rural roads turning into impassable quagmires in winter. Cart and vehicle wheels and horses’ hooves would soon cut up roads that were not regularly gravelled.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. C. Hosie Collection (PAColl-5416)
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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Aggregate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5209/road-construction-early-1900s (accessed 13 April 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006