Spectators stand well back as the chips fly during a log-chopping event at the 1915 Eltham Axemen’s Carnival. Sawing and chopping competitions were very popular in New Zealand and elsewhere from the 19th century. They attracted timber workers, who were skilled at wielding an axe. The man in white is New Zealander J. E. (Ned) Shewry, a world champion axeman.
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