Forest surrounding Pickersgill Harbour
Below are the words of George Foster, one of the scientific men accompaning Captain James Cook's expedition of New Zealand's South Island in 1773:
“In the course of a few days, a small part of us had cleared away the woods from a surface of more than an acre, which fifty New Zealanders, with their tools of stone, could not have performed in three months.
This spot, where immense numbers of plants left to themselves lived and decayed by turns, in one confused inanimated heap; this spot, we had converted into an active scene, where a hundred and twenty men pursued various branches of employment with unremitted labour.
We felled tall timber-trees, which, but for ourselves, had crumbled to dust with age; our sawyers cut them into planks, or we split them into billets for fuel."
Photo: Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand.