Story: Pets

Gum digger’s cat

Gum digger’s cat

A Northland kauri gum digger cleans buckets of gum with a cat at his feet, around 1910. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, gangs of working men often lived in isolated places under harsh conditions. Pets such as cats and dogs provided a homely touch to their austere surroundings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/1-006270; G
Photograph by Northwood Brothers

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Pets - History of pets in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008