Poisoning of livestock was common in the early years of European settlement, when this typical scene was drawn. Stock were left to browse in the bush or graze on the regrowth following forest clearance. Many fell victim to the poisons in bracken, tree tutu and ngaio.
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Pencil and watercolour sketch by William Swainson
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