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Bush picnic, Canterbury foothills

Bush picnic, Canterbury foothills

This illustration shows a bush picnic in the foothills of the Southern Alps, Canterbury, around 1866–68. The image is from the frontispiece of Lady Mary Anne Barker's book Station amusements in New Zealand. Lady Barker and her husband, Frederick Broome, lived on a sheep station in Canterbury's Malvern Hills from 1866 to 1868. Impromptu private picnics, such as the one shown, were more informal affairs than the large-scale community picnics common in more populated areas.

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Reference: Lady (Mary Anne) Barker, Station amusements in New Zealand. London: William Hunt and Co., 1875

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Peter Clayworth, 'Picnics and barbecues - Family and community picnics, 1800s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013