Many Lebanese men were hawkers and peddlers who roamed the back roads of rural Otago and Southland. Typically they carried haberdashery, toiletries and other small goods. At first they travelled by train or coach to their chosen areas and then carried their goods in a suitcase with a shoulder strap. They slept where they could, in cheap boarding houses and the occasional haystack. Eventually, some traders could afford a horse and cart.
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Reference: Otago Witness, February 1904
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