Story: Central and South-eastern Europeans

Helping to build New Zealand (1st of 2)

Helping to build New Zealand

In 1953, to meet New Zealand’s pressing need for more housing, the government brought in 500 prefabricated houses from Austria. Close to 200 tradesmen also came to assemble the houses, and many settled. Most came as young single men, with the interests of their age group – including motorcycle riding.

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John Wilson, 'Central and South-eastern Europeans - Austrians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015