Story: Rural language

Bush language (1st of 2)

Bush language

The word bush, meaning the forest that covered much of New Zealand in the 19th century, was used in various compound words to describe a wide range of things. Bushmen were workers who felled trees, usually in a gang. Here, bushman Joe Gordon sharpens his saw, at Kauaeranga, near Thames, in 1922.

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Reference: H1993 224 216

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Settling the land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18596/bush-language (accessed 22 February 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008