Photograph, Otautau Dairy Factory ; Unknown Photographer; 1912?; OT.2010.76


Photograph, Otautau Dairy Factory

About this object

This is a photograph of the Otautau Co-operative Dairy Factory in 1912.

The factory began operations in 1906. Having easily filled the shares, secured a greater proportion of land they required and managing purchase a pre-used but modern factory and plant it at around only half the cost, it was an excellent beginning. To make things better the Government Dairy Inspector had designed their cheese curring room which gave them state-of-the-art processing capabilities with a capacity of 750 gallons and costing less than 600 pounds.

Shareholders received 10 1/2 d per 1 pound of butter, with non-shareholders receiving the lesser amount of 10 d.

The attached Cheese Factory was operational for 70-years, peaking in the 1930s, to 372 tons. However, the following 30-years after this, dropped to the point that they output was only 139 tons. By 1977, the factory was amalgamated with the Edendale Factory.

The Factory Today:

The Factory was added to and extended on multiple occasions and some of these alterations still stand, minus the chimney which was demolished. The remaining building and site are part of what is now (2018) the DT King's Otautau yard, opposite the Otautau-Tuatapere Road turnoff to Merrivale.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Otautau


Unknown Photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on back of mount: 'A(?) Coster 2010.76'


h 205 mm x w 255 mm



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Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, card

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Public Domain Public Domain

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