Story: Home décor and furnishings

Interior of a V-hut, 1851

Interior of a V-hut, 1851

V-huts, named for their inverted-V shape, were timber-framed tent homes built as temporary shelters for Canterbury settlers in the 1850s while they constructed more permanent houses. The ironically named ‘Studding Sail Hall’, the V-hut of Alfred Barker and his family in 1851, was made into a cosy dwelling with the addition of a few items of furniture brought over from England, including a table, chairs, shelves, clock and chest of drawers (visible just inside the door). The two-roomed hut was painted green inside.

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1949.29.6
Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Charles Barker

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Settling in, 1790 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013