Story: Food shops

1850s closing hours

This poster, signed by retail shopkeepers in Wellington in 1850, outlines their agreement to close shops at 7 p.m., except on Saturdays, during the winter months, so that their staff could get home at a decent hour. The long hours worked was the major complaint of shop assistants.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-RETAIL-1850-01

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Carl Walrond, 'Food shops - Shopping hours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016