Story: United States and New Zealand

Olympia motor show, Wellington, 1924

Olympia motor show, Wellington, 1924

This display of cars at a motor show in Wellington illustrates the popularity of American cars at the time. Ford, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Hudson vehicles were all imported from the United States. During the 1920s there was a significant increase in consumer items from the US sold in New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
Reference: 1/1-023089-G
Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, 'United States and New Zealand - Early relations, 1790–1939', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2020)

Story by Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012