The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Mataura Freezing Works
Mataura Freezing Works (Southland Frozen Meat Company, proprietors), Mataura. These works are on the western bank of the Mataura river, at the falls. Half the power of the falls is available, for driving purposes, and the production of electric energy, and the freezing works use a turbine of 500 horsepower. The company is under contract to light the borough of Gore as well as Mataura with electric light, and still more of the water power that is available may be used. The buildings are of wood and brick, and contain a very extensive refrigerating plant, and the ammonia process is in operation. The works are connected with the Dunedin-Invercargill line of railway by a siding, and from forty to fifty persons are employed at them. The killing season extends from February to September; and from October to January, which is known as the off season, the manure works are in full operation.