The 19th-century port
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As British manufactured goods were exported, cheap wool and food were imported from the colonies and elsewhere to clothe and feed the growing population.
The first frozen meat and butter from Australia came to the Thames in the Strathleven in 1880.
New Zealand's first shipment of frozen meat came into the port in the Dunedin in 1882. By the late 1920s more than 10 million carcasses of mutton and lamb were imported into London each year.
Plums, currants, raisins, almonds, figs, oranges, lemons and spices came from all over the British Empire. The port therefore played an important part in the commercial development of the colonies.
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