Charles Heaphy painting of Kauri forest, Wairoa River, Kaipara circa 1839
Heaphy, Charles 1820-1881: Kauri forest, Wairoa River, Kaipara. . Drawings, Paintings & Prints, Alexander Turnbull Library (Reference: C-025-014)
The infancy of the timber industry of New Zealand first occurred with the recognition of the value of Kauri trees for ships’ spars by early European explorers. Consequently by the mid 1820s timber merchants, sawyers and shipbuilders were setting up shore stations throughout the northern region. While native timbers are no longer exhaustively milled, the timber industry in New Zealand remains an important industry today. This painting by Charles Heaphy illustrates a group of sawyers moving a Kauri log at a timber camp near the Wairoa River, Kaipara, in 1839.
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