Story: Rural language

Land fever

Land fever

The rush for land was described by various terms, including earth hunger, land fever, land seeking and run-hunting. This 1861 cartoon depicts the race to obtain and settle land in the mid-19th century. At the time, large parts of Otago had been designated goldfields, but pastoralists were keen to move into these areas as most available land was already in runs.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
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Artwork by James Brown

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Settling the land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/18593/land-fever (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008