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Here for auction is a nice unused freight destination-station label of New Zealand Railways, for DRURY.

Clean & unused. The paper is slightly age toned. Size: 59 x 82 mm approx.

This dates back some years, when all stations had fulltime staff, & accepted crates & parcels to be railed to any other station within NZ. Any carton accepted for freight would have one of these labels glued to it, showing the name of the station it was consigned to. On arrival at that station, the clerk would send a postcard to the addressee, advising them that the box is ready to be collected at the NZR station.

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Drury is a rural town located 36 kilometres south of Auckland CBD, with a population of about 3.600. It was formerly home to a military base. The population declined when this was closed. During the NZ land wars, Drury was the last place on the Great South Road where protection from Maori was provided. Maori used the Drury Hills to watch the Great South Road, and plan attacks from them.

During the major reformation of local government in 1989, Drury was included in the Auckland Region and made up the southern edge of the Papakura District, along with a certain extent of the eastern surrounding rural areas, previously known as Franklin County. Drury was until recently a relatively small semi-rural area nestling at the foot of the low-lying Bombay Hills. Urban spread of the city has rendered it an extreme southern suburb, close to the junction between State Highways 1 and 22, both of which head south towards the Waikato region.

After a review of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, the entire Auckland Region was amalgamated into a single city authority. As well as the former Papakura District and Franklin District, all other territorial authorities were abolished and the entire area was dissolved into a single Auckland city council. The town of Drury was included in the Franklin ward, one of the thirteen administrative structures of the new Auckland city.

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