Story: Rural mythologies

‘Look out!’ (3rd of 3)

‘Look out!’

In Crusts, Laurence Kennaway’s account of pioneering the Canterbury backcountry, his description of hunting is rather less heroic and enthusiastic than in other colonial memoirs. As illustrated by Kennaway’s sketch, he tells of how his brother was thrown off his horse while another companion was pulled up short by a ‘double-tusked intruder’ (a wild pig). In his book, Kennaway gently deflated some of the cherished myths of the farming life in colonial New Zealand.

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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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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Colonial myth making', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008