The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 22
I think it is scarcely sufficiently known the great advance industrial occupations have made during the past few years in several of the larger towns of the colony. There is no reason why industrial enterprise should not succeed equally well in Invercargill, especially industries in which timber is used. At the Melbourne Exhibition in 1881 the specimens of drawing-room, bedroom, and office furniture, made of New Zealand red pine, totara, and silver birch attracted great attention, and were worthy of competition with the best European made exhibits. Machine-made household appliances and utensils, such as doors, tubs, buckets, ovens, grates, pumps, bells, rope, brushware, and other domestic requisites, were largely exhibited, and the manufacture of these in Invercargill will, doubtless, in time, increase to at least the requirements of the district.