Story: Rural clothing

Nelson, 1842

Nelson, 1842

Painted by John Waring Saxton in 1842, about a year after Nelson city was founded, this artwork shows settlers wearing smocks. In New Zealand the British smock quickly went out of favour, and men turned to more practical cotton shirts and Crimean shirts made of grey wool.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-06-2
Tinted lithograph by John Waring Saxton

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How to cite this page:

Bronwyn Labrum, 'Rural clothing - Menswear', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/18475/nelson-1842 (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Bronwyn Labrum, published 24 Nov 2008