Story: Kauri gum and gum digging

Kauri gum diggers’ camp

Kauri gum diggers’ camp

This camp is on a Northland forest edge, around 1910. The huts are a timber-framed lean-to and an A-frame structure roofed with nīkau fronds. The tools are different from those used to find gum on the mānuka scrublands. Many of the men are holding grubbers, used to search around the base and roots of large kauri trees.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/1-006374; G
Photograph by Arthur James Northwood

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Carl Walrond, 'Kauri gum and gum digging - The gum diggers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007