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What was New Zealand’s first industrially manufactured* product? Please help us dig deeper to answer this question.

(*Made in volume using methods developed during the industrial revolution rather than hand crafted.)

Maybe it was the Shacklock Orion coal range – see NZBD pp.54-55 – which was made from 1873. The book states:

It wasn’t until 1873 that a domestic appliance specifically designed for New Zealand conditions was manufactured in a foundry at volumes beyond the ‘jobbing’ level. It was the Shacklock coal range. … Nine years of incremental innovation occurred before a patent for the Orion Portable Coal Range was filed in 1882.

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