Story: Rivers

Crossing rivers (1st of 3)

Crossing rivers

Early settlers often saw rivers as daunting obstacles, and before there were bridges, crossing them was risky. This man is crawling across a plank above a rocky river in the Collingwood area near Nelson, helped by his friend.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tyree Studio Collection (PAColl-3064)
Reference: G-979-10x8
Photograph by Tyree Brothers

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How to cite this page:

David Young, 'Rivers - The impact of European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by David Young, published 24 Sep 2007