The New Zealand bush, unlike Australia’s, was thick forest. It was usually dark and shady, and even to build a hut, trees had to be felled to provide light and some clear ground. This painting by Charles Blomfield is probably from the 1880s, and shows a Coromandel gold miner outside his hut.
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