Story: Building and construction industry

Constructing a brick building

Constructing a brick building

Workers for building contractor J. W. Alderton pose on the scaffolding of a brick building they are constructing, probably in Taranaki, around the start of the 20th century. Wooden scaffolding, pipes, suits and hats (not hard hats) were the order of the day.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. R. Wall Collection
Reference: 1/1-013018; F
Photograph by John Reginald Wall

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Carl Walrond, 'Building and construction industry - Early builders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010