Story: Rural mythologies

Bush home

Bush home

As this photo suggests, the reality of a settlement in the New Zealand bush was rather cruder, rougher and steeper than the pastoral images of immigrant propaganda. A rural mythology grew up around pioneers such as these, who cut down trees and established their homes and farms on the frontier.

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Immigrant hopes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 February 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008