The dense, dark New Zealand bush was quite different from the forests of the northern hemisphere. Most settlers saw it as an obstacle to the establishment of farms and settlements. Some, like surveyor and artist William Mein Smith who painted this bush scene in the Wairarapa in the 1840s or 1850s, appreciated its wild beauty.
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