Story: Building trades

Electrical engineers

Electrical engineers

A display of electrical goods features in the Christchurch shop window of Turnbull & Jones Ltd around 1917. These were the early years of electricity supply, with fewer than 20,000 consumers nationwide. The signs in the window exhorting the benefits of electricity illustrate this – ‘no smoke, no dirt, no work’ and ‘the old order changeth giving place to the new’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-003927-G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Gasfitters and electricians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010