Story: Rural recreation

Colonial farm workers at play

Colonial farm workers at play

This etching, published in the Illustrated New Zealand News in 1885, is probably of Australian origin. It shows the men’s quarters of a sheep station, where shearers and farm workers entertained themselves. Some read books, some played cards, and some just yarned with their mates.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: PUBL-0110-1885-002

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural recreation - Making their own fun', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17670/colonial-farm-workers-at-play (accessed 31 October 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008