Oamaru in the depression of the 1930s.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The choice of Oamaru as an area for study was based mainly on its size. It can be described as an intermediate sized town which was what the thesis had set out to investigate. The years 1929 to 1935 were set as time limits to provide some guidelines for the thesis rather than as definitions of the depression years. For the most part, discussion of Oamaru centres on the town itself. It would, however, be impossible to deal with Oamaru outside of the whole North Otago region and therefore, the definition of Oamaru is elastic, stretching at times to include most of the surrounding farming district and contracting at others to refer only to the area within the town boundaries.