History respectfully conserved

The Kauri Museum representative, Pete Panhuis, with the historic bullock cart, which has been delivered for restoration and display

A historic bullock wagon recently removed from its shelter at the Kauri Bushman’s Memorial Scenic Reserve has been delivered to The Kauri Museum for restoration and future display.

The wagon was delivered by Hiab truck into the back of the museum, where its history will be conserved with respect, according to museum spokesman, Pete Panhuis.

“The volunteers working on it are retired engineers, mechanics, and farmers and have a lifetime of knowledge and skill — they are our lifeline,” said Panhuis.

“All the work will be done here; we won’t replace anything that doesn’t need replacing because we want it to be as original as possible.”

The wagon has previously had repairs in pine so those will be replaced, and a part of the braking system also needs attention. The work is expected to take around six months.

Ownership is attributed to kauri bushman, Bill Dennis, and it was gifted by him to the Kauri Bushman’s Association.

Teams of 14 or more bullocks towed felled kauri logs through the bush to Kaipara waterways, and when roads were developed, they pulled the logs on a wagon. In some instances — two teams were required to haul the heavy load.

The largest known number of bullocks hauling in one load was 72.


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