Story: Country towns

Stores and workshops in Kaponga, 1890–1910

This table illustrates the rapid development of more specialised shops in a rural community. In 1890, soon after its founding, Kaponga had a blacksmith, who would primarily have served the rural community, and a butcher, who would have provided meat to townspeople. By 1910 there were still some shops serving the farmers around – such as the seedman and the saddlery. However, there were also many who would have sold goods primarily to the 300–400 people who lived in Kaponga, such as the bakery, the cheesemaker, the hairdresser and jeweller.

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Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - Maturity and independence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008