Story: Logging native forests

Living in a bush camp (1st of 3)

Living conditions in a typical bush camp were crowded. Often a gang of men slept and ate in one large hut. Around the edge were two tiers of bunks, while a large table dominated the centre of the room. As well as being used for meals, it was a place to play cards, read, write letters and talk.

Listen to former bushman Joe Julian describe the way of life.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 358 – the kauri bushmen/Reference number CDR921)

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. G. Radcliffe Collection (PAColl-4950)
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Photograph by Frederick George Radcliffe

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - Logging and sawmilling, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007