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Longbeach plough camp

Longbeach plough camp

The Longbeach estate in mid-Canterbury employed about 1,000 horses and ploughmen in 1896, a scale of operation unparalleled in New Zealand on a single property before or since. Plough camps, like this one in 1907, were set up to accommodate staff and horses. Two ploughmen and their teams of Clydesdales pose in front of other teams. Behind are wooden huts on wheels, which could be towed from site to site. Larger huts were used for cooking and dining.

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Canterbury Museum, Bishop Collection
Reference: 1923.53.466
Photograph by C. A. Tomlinson

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Emma Meyer, 'Horses - Horses and farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/19276/longbeach-plough-camp (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Emma Meyer, published 24 Nov 2008