Story: Bush trams and other log transport

16–bullock team (2nd of 3)

16–bullock team

Until 1900, bullock teams were the main form of bush transport. With 16 bullocks, this Northland team was unusually large. The animals are joined with wooden yokes and coupling chains. The drivers carry long whips, which often had lancewood handles and flax lashes. The whips were cracked as much to emphasise verbal commands as to inflict pain.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/2-090948; F
Photograph by Arthur James Northwood

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Paul Mahoney, 'Bush trams and other log transport - Skidding and hauling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12224/16-bullock-team (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Paul Mahoney, published 24 Sep 2007