Story: Bush trams and other log transport

Kauri dam ready for tripping

Kauri dam ready for tripping

The Dancing Camp dam in the Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel, in 1921 is about to be released. Water is overflowing the spillway at left, the logs are backed up against the dam, and the trip wire can be seen at left. When the moment comes, a bushman yanks the wire. A hammer then swings against the gate, the planks open and a torrent of water and logs cascades downstream.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, Tudor Collins Collection
Reference: I_1993_224_468_2
Photograph by Tudor Collins

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Paul Mahoney, 'Bush trams and other log transport - Moving kauri: dams and rafting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12247/kauri-dam-ready-for-tripping (accessed 3 June 2020)

Story by Paul Mahoney, published 24 Sep 2007