Story: Farm fencing

Timber fence, Chatham Islands (2nd of 3)

Timber fence, Chatham Islands

Post-and-rail fences were commonly designed to control sheep, cattle and horses, and consisted of three, four or five rails. It is likely that this fully closed-in fence, photographed on Rangatira Island around 1910, was built to protect the cottage’s garden from wild pigs, which could push through ordinary post-and-rail fences.

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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - Early fencing methods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008