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It is remarkable that New Zealand, as remote a country as any in the Victorian Period should have made considerable use of concrete. What is also surprising is that much of the early building was by individuals rather than by government and local bodies.
Although there are no cogent recorded reasons for this use of an innovative building material in a raw young colony with a small population, the most likely explanation is the shortage of skilled tradesmen in the early days. Timber was widely used, being the predominant material for houses, much industrial and commercial work, and even for public buildings.Timber, however, was often associated with temporary structures, whereas concrete suggested permanence.

This scarce volume is in very good condition, however there is small amounts of foxing to the preliminary pages and the inside of the dust jacket. Published by Reed 1996 Auckland. 240pp Large landscape format hard cover with dust jacket. 4to

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