Story: Freight and warehousing

Containerisation

Containerisation

A 1975 view of Wellington’s container terminal, taken from the top of a new crane, shows the neatly stacked rows of containers that had become a standard sight on New Zealand wharves. Containers were first introduced by the Railways Department in 1952 for rail–air freight. Easily transferred between truck, railway wagon, aircraft and ship, containers speeded up loading and unloading, and reduced pilfering, damage and costs. They were used by the coastal and international shipping trade from the 1960s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1975/4729/12

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Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , 'Freight and warehousing - Regulation and expansion: 1930s–1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23460/containerisation (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , published 11 Mar 2010