Public Works Department camp

A Public Works Department camp at Hāpuawhenua, near Ohakune. Working and living conditions for the thousands of men who built the North Island main trunk line were primitive. A visitor to Raurimu in 1908 described how 'Continuous heavy rain, with occasional hail, sleet and snow, much fog, miry clay, and a tangled bed of wild undergrowth knitting together the forest giants, made a tough job for the workers.'

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Lesley Miller

Posted: 08 Sep 2012

Do you have any similar material about Public Works camps that happened in Central Otago?