Story: The New Zealand bush

Bush travellers, Queensland (1st of 2)

Bush travellers, Queensland

This work by Richard Daintree (dated between 1864 and 1870) is a photograph overpainted in oils. Much of the Australian countryside was scattered gum trees such as this. ‘The bush’ was not forest, but park-like woodland where people could picnic in the sun. Before long, in Australia the word became a synonym for ‘the backblocks’.

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Oil painting by Richard Daintree

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - What is the bush?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007