Story: Rural workers

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing

A man shoes a Clydesdale (right), while other men tend forges and work at anvils, around 1908. Horsepower was to the fore in farming until the 1930s when tractors became widespread. Horses needed horseshoes, so blacksmiths and farriers (who shod horses) were essential on large estates, which could have up to 100 working horses.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Reference: 1/1-007982; G

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - Grain and crops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17206/blacksmithing (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008