Story: Building trades

Union certificate

This 20th-century union certificate suggests that work was seen as something honourable in itself – not just to be done to earn a living. Craftsmen took great pride in their work and their trade, and many belonged to unions which represented their interests.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-123-033

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Trades culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010