Story: Whanganui region

Railway workers in the bush

Railway workers in the bush

The route of the North Island main trunk railway went through the original forest of inland Whanganui. This painting by an unknown artist, which appeared in the Auckland Weekly News in 1908, shows a camp of railway workers amidst tall trees near the Hāpuawhenua viaduct, north of Ohakune. Within 15 years the area was entirely pasture.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Vegetation and human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/19012/railway-workers-in-the-bush (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015