Story: Shops

Shop hours poster

This 1850 poster, signed by Wellington shopkeepers, agreed to close shops at 7 p.m. during winter, except on Saturdays, so staff could get home at a decent hour. Shop assistants often complained about the long hours they worked.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-RETAIL-1850-01

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Unions, pay and working hours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 16 Sep 2016