Story: Farm families

Small land holdings

This 1907 poster advertises the sale of the Mount Herbert estate near Waipukurau in Central Hawke’s Bay. Such auctions became common in the late 1890s and early 1900s as the Liberal government sought to break up the large estates and encourage smaller farms suitable for families.

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Reference: MapColl 832.3gbbd/1907/Acc.36801

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Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, 'Farm families - The rise of the family farm, 1880–1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008