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This is an auction for HOLDING THE BALANCE: A HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND'S DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR 1891-1995, by John E Martin.

"This comprehensive history of New Zealand's Department of Labour begins with the early years under the socialist Edward Tregear, when it was among the world's pioneers of such institutions. The book examines government policy in depth in the crucial areas of employment, industrial relations, immigration and workplace conditions through the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and up to the present day. It looks at the wide range of further departmental activities, including barmaid registration, weights and measures, hostel accommodation and industrial training. John Martin also provides a vivid description of other fascinating measures such as the state farm of the 1890s, the first state housing scheme in the early decades of this century and the Home Aid Service for women after World War Two. Extensively illustrated with many photographs and cartoons, Holding the Balance provides a scholarly yet highly readable account of one of the country's most wide-ranging government departments."

Large format Canterbury University Press hardback 1996.

478 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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