Story: Rural mythologies

‘Look out!’ (3rd of 3)

‘Look out!’

In Crusts, Laurence Kennaway’s account of pioneering the Canterbury backcountry, his description of hunting is rather less heroic and enthusiastic than in other colonial memoirs. As illustrated by Kennaway’s sketch, he tells of how his brother was thrown off his horse while another companion was pulled up short by a ‘double-tusked intruder’ (a wild pig). In his book, Kennaway gently deflated some of the cherished myths of the farming life in colonial New Zealand.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Laurence J. Kennaway, Crusts: a settler's fare due south. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1874.

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Colonial myth making', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20310/look-out (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008