This map showing towns of more than 100 people illustrates the very dispersed nature of settlement in Northland in 1906. The sawmilling and kauri-gum industries were then at their height, and towns sprang up around them. Because there were few roads or railways, settlements were located near navigable waters – on rivers, coasts or harbours.
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Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1906
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