Although fire could be at times a curse for Canterbury pioneers like Laurence Kennaway, during a winter snowstorm a warming fire might have been welcomed. This sketch is from Kennaway’s Crusts, an autobiographical account of pioneering in mid-Canterbury in the 1850s. He records how after a six-hour trudge through the snow, he was unable to get a fire started when he reached the hut.
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Reference: Laurence J. Kennaway, Crusts: a settler's fare due south. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1874.
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