By 1902 there were about 250 dairy factories in New Zealand, one of which was this one in Stratford. As can be seen here, dairy factories were a meeting place for farmers as they dropped off their milk and cream.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, R. E. Clevely Collection (PAColl-4060)
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