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From: Ian Westergaard <>
Subject: Re: [nz] Occupation: what is a Carter?
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 06:05:18 +1200
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A carrier was usually a self employed carter.
See <http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/R/Roads/Administration/en> for the
history of roading administration.
On Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:52:03 +1200, wrote:
> The original enquirer was uncertain as to what exactly the word was and
> it might be 'Carter'. Is it possible that the word was 'Carrier'?
> I ask because I have a 1908 wedding certificate which gives the groom's
> occupation as a 'carrier'. My understanding is that he used various
> styles of
> carts and horses to carry goods from various parts of Central and South
> to ??. (Similar to other postings on this list likening the
> activity to the Courier of today). I know bullocks were also used but I
> suspect he was of the equine persuasion rather than bovine.
> ...I wonder whether the government of the day levied the chaff and oats
> for the
> horses with Road User charges and fuel taxes for the Roading Fund of the
> Gail (Te Kohanga)