Story: City images

Urban and rural populations, 1891–1976

Urban and rural populations, 1891–1976

By the early 1890s it was evident that New Zealand was becoming an urban society. Increasing mechanisation was making farming less labour-intensive, diminishing job prospects and visions of closer rural settlement. Meanwhile, widening work and leisure opportunities in towns and cities were attracting ever more people. The 1911 Census showed for the first time more people living in urban than rural areas, a trend that became more pronounced during the 20th century.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1990

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - Colonial views of city life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010