Story: Agricultural processing industries

Mosgiel mill hands

Mosgiel mill hands

Women workers at New Zealand’s first woollen mill in Mosgiel gather in the courtyard around 1900. Mills mainly employed young women – who generally preferred factory work to domestic service as they could work with their friends and earn more money. Bessie Turnbull, who started at Mosgiel in 1900 and retired in 1957, said that it wasn’t an easy life, but that she had had a lot of pleasure with her workmates.

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Reference: Nigel Smith, Heritage of industry: discovering New Zealand’s industrial history, Auckland: Reed, 2001, p. 166.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Wool processing in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010