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Wairarapa Train: 1880s

Gully, John 1819-1888 :Mountain railway over the Rimutaka Range from Wellington to Wairarapa Plain. 1882
Reference Number: C-096-014
This 1882 watercolour by John Gully shows a Fell Engine hauling the Wairarapa train up the Wairarapa side of the Rimutaka Incline.  There is a glimpse of Lake Wairarapa in the background.

Getting the wool to market: Flat Point, 1920s

The isolation and lack of effective road and rail systems meant that for many farms and sheep stations wool was the number one product. The coastal shipping network was the most effective form of transport, used to take wool to market and to receive supplies.

Bullock teams were widely used: they were strong, could move large loads and their cloven hooves enabled them to cope with muddy roads which turned to a quagmire in winter. As well as moving wool, bullock teams--led by a "bullocky"--were used in milling native timbers and other agricultural activities.

Pahiatua Museum

The Pahiatua and Districts Museum Society has an old bay villa chock-full of interesting ephemera reflecting earlier years in Pahiatua and the Tararua District. Established as a museum in 1977, the villa was formerly the home of the local doctor and is largely in original condition, a wonderful glimpse of life in the early 20th century.