[Boiling Down Works Staff, Washdyke, Timaru]; 1870-1890; 3555


South Canterbury Museum


[Boiling Down Works Staff, Washdyke, Timaru]

About this object

Staff posed outside the Boiling Down Works at Washdyke, Timaru, circa 1878. Appearing behind the rows of men are two of the works buildings and a tall brick chimney (on the left).

Before the advent of the frozen meat industry there were few options for disposing of old sheep. At this time sheep were farmed for their wool only - the meat was only useful for home consumption or dog food. Disposing of old sheep was a significant problem until the boiling down works opened in 1870. Despite dealing with more than 50,000 sheep in its first year the works were unable to cope with demand. The tallow produced by the works added a significant contribution to Timaru's exports.

Handwritten on mount at top left is "Washdyke Works".

Place Made

Timaru, New Zealand

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Paper, photographic


albumen print


190(h) x 234(w) mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Boiling Down Works, Washdyke

Object Type

Print, photographic

Object number


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