Kōrero: South Pacific economic relations

Rock phosphate, 1906

Rock phosphate, 1906

Rock phosphate and guano (bird droppings) were mined in the South Pacific and converted into fertiliser in New Zealand factories such as this one at Westfield, Auckland. Handling the raw phosphate was smelly and uncomfortable work. It could also be dangerous, as inhaling the guano dust could cause chest infections.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Labour Department Collection
Reference: PA1-o-370-11

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.

All images & media in this story

Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Geoff Bertram, 'South Pacific economic relations - Sugar and phosphate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/24242/rock-phosphate-1906 (accessed 18 August 2019)

Story by Geoff Bertram, published 11 Mar 2010