Story: Building and construction industry

Charles Luney, early 1930s

Charles Luney, early 1930s

Christchurch builder Charles Luney’s distinctive white truck is loaded up for the journey to Nelson, where he had secured a contract to build a large villa for psychiatric patients in Stoke. While completing the villa he tendered for another job building a laundry and boiler house alongside Stoke Hospital. He had made a tidy profit on the first job, but the second netted him £850 (over $90,000 in 2009 terms).

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Carl Walrond, 'Building and construction industry - Commercial construction companies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24187/charles-luney-early-1930s (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010