Farm worker Ted Porter (centre) and his wife Grace tuck into dinner at the Manuka Point homestead, photographed by John Pascoe. Station owner Laurie Walker is on the right. Manuka Point was a large high-country station on the western side of the Rakaia River in Canterbury. It was only reached by crossing the river. In the mid-20th century women’s role on the farm increasingly focused on domestic duties. Often this involved cooking meals or doing the washing for other farm employees. Mona Anderson’s classic memoir A river rules my life provides a very good account of the life of a farmer’s wife in this area at the time.
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