Linen flax & Oxford

From the collection of the Oxford Museum

Part of the Cantage Records and Archives Week 2010 exhibition

Linen flax growing and manufacture during the war years in Oxford

Oxford was one of the areas used for the flax industry during the war years.

During the Second World War, the government promoted the growing of linen flax (a different species from New Zealand flax) in Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. Linen cloth was urgently needed by Britain for aircraft construction and other uses. With the German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium, the usual sources of supply were lost, so allies like New Zealand were asked to help. But when the war ended, this new fibre industry faded away.

Extract from Flax and flax working from Te Ara

Information on the New Zealand linen flax industry

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