Story: Shearing

Māori shearing gang

Māori shearing gang

A gang of Māori shearers shear sheep outside, with only a willow tree above and tarpaulins on the ground, in the Bay of Islands around 1900. By then Māori were recognised as highly proficient shearers.

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How to cite this page:

Des Williams, 'Shearing - Early shearing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Des Williams, published 24 Nov 2008