The interior of a one-roomed gum digger’s whare, photographed in the 1890s, shows how even in impoverished circumstances people made an effort to create pleasant, comfortable surroundings. A patchwork quilt and cushions cover the bed, while the walls are decorated with pictures cut from newspapers and magazines – a typical ploy to disguise a bare surface.
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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Photograph by Beattie and Sanderson
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