Story: Farming in the economy

Nelson farmland

Nelson farmland

This idyllic pastoral scene depicts the Nelson settlement in 1842, a year after it was founded. In the foreground men are putting up a fence, while others cart and cut timber for it. In the background a homestead and its gardens are fenced off from the sheep and cattle grazing the nearby hills. This painting was used to promote Nelson to potential settlers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-06-1
Tinted lithograph by John Waring Saxton

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How to cite this page:

Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Early farming and the great pastoral era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17589/nelson-farmland (accessed 13 December 2018)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008