Story: Acclimatisation

Surveyors and dog (1st of 4)

Musterers and dog

Dogs were essential for early settlers, helping them to control sheep on unfenced tussocklands. Packs of dogs – often cross-breeds of kurī (Polynesian dogs) and European dogs – also ran wild in the bush, killing many ground birds. This dog was the faithful and probably long-suffering companion of these surveyors in 1847.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-155-010
Watercolour by Edward Immyns Abbot

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Acclimatisation - Improving upon nature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17459/surveyors-and-dog (accessed 1 February 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008