Kōrero: Farm fencing

Barbed wire

Barbed wire

Numerous patents were taken out for different patterns of barbed wire in the 19th century. These are just two examples. The wire on the left, shaped like a ribbon with barbs attached, was unusual. It would have had little tensile strength and would have been difficult to strain. The other type is a more traditional pattern. However, the barbs are quite widely spaced and their points are quite short – it would have not been much of a deterrent to stock.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: MA_F.004337/44 (left); MA_F.004337/5 (right)

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - Wire fencing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/15298/barbed-wire (accessed 8 December 2023)

He kōrero nā Robert Peden, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008