Story: Horses

Log hauling

Log hauling

Prior to the development of winches and steam engines, both oxen and horses had valuable roles in the early timber industry. This team of six horses in Phalin’s bush near Stratford, Taranaki, in 1904, is harnessed in single file so they can pull trolleys carrying logs along the tramway tracks. The gang of eight men were probably needed to load the logs.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Reference: 1/1-010297; G
Photograph by James McAllister

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Emma Meyer, 'Horses - Horses and the environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Emma Meyer, published 24 Nov 2008