Story: Occupational structure

Freezing workers

Freezing workers

The occupation of freezing worker has been a common one in New Zealand since the late 19th century. Although meat-processing technology has become more sophisticated, in the 2000s the tough job of pulling a sheep’s skin from its carcass was still often carried out by hand. Mike Quinn, at the Longburn freezing works, near Palmerston North, which closed in 1987, shows how it was done.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/3581/15
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Occupational structure - Occupational change since 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Paul Callister and Robert Didham, published 11 Mar 2010