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is a service town and commercial centre for the surrounding sheep, mixed-farming, and wheat-growing area of South Canterbury with the population of about 30,000.
Timaru also have a busy port.
In the late 1830's whalers used the place.
European settlement begin with William, George and Robert Rhodes (The Rhodes brothers) in 1852 and began building a town quickly beside government owned and planned town.
The competing towns gradually merged and became the city of Timaru and became a borough in 1868 and a city in 1948.
Building the breakwater and improved port facilities helped the town's progress.

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Timaru Timaru Timaru

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