Kōrero: Roads

Broken axle

Broken axle

The Slope Point mail service on the road near Fortrose in Southland is delayed by a broken axle in the 1890s. Rainwater on unmetalled roads (roads without gravel) ran down the grooves formed by the narrow metal rims of cart wheels. As ruts grew deeper they became a hazard. If one wheel got caught and the other remained high on the road the cart could tip or the strain could break the axle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: 1/2-022520; F; MNZ-2096

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Traffic on the roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/23308/broken-axle (accessed 16 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016