Story: Economic history

Auckland waterfront

Auckland waterfront

This scene of bustling activity on Queens Wharf, Auckland, was painted by Edward Gifford in 1887. Auckland continued to show signs of prosperity in the 1880s, with a continued boom in the trade of kauri timber and ongoing returns from the Thames goldfields. However some Auckland merchants did suffer in the slump at the end of the decade.

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Oil on canvas by Edward Gifford

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How to cite this page:

Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Boom and bust, 1870–1895', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010