Publication Details

This article was originally published as Ville, S and Fleming, G, The Nature and Structure of Trade-Financial Networks: Evidence from the New Zealand Pastoral Sector, 1860-1939, Business History 42(1), 2000, 41-58. Copyright Taylor & Francis. Original journal available here.


This study applies modern network theory to trade and finance networks in the New Zealand pastoral sector before World War Two It particularly examines the manner in which networks can include trading and financial business transactions simultaneously. In addition, it provides evidence of the role of leadership in such networks, in this case played by the stock and station agents as intermediaries bringing farmers into contact with a wide range of service providers.