Kōrero: Home décor and furnishings

A gum digger’s whare, 1898

A gum digger’s whare, 1898

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
Reference: 7-A15810
Photograph by Beattie and Sanderson

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Higher aspirations, 1860s to 1900s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/40705/a-gum-diggers-whare-1898 (accessed 7 April 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013