Genealogical document, The Catlins River Branch; Junge, N E (Mr); c1982; 2010.16...


Genealogical document, The Catlins River Branch

About this object

'The Catlins River Branch', N E Junge's reminiscences of childhood as the son of a railway ganger on a new section of the Catlins River Branch Railway; an illustrative account of the development of the railway in relation to the timber industry, coastal shipping and the clearing of bush farms. A very clear picture is painted of the conditions at the time such as the difficulties of repairing the railway tracks after heavy rains had caused the clay to slip. Interesting facts are interspersed with stories of boyhood escapades and school days in the 1920s.

Frank Page, R J Wilson, Bill Leslie. Tahakopa, Houipapa, Romahapa, tramway, The Landing, Puketiro, Tawanui, 'The Blunder', Sharp's Mill, Tyson's Mill, rabbits, 'the pictures', Maclennan.


Junge, N E (Mr)

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Aorangi, Ashburton

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper



Subject and Association Keywords

agriculture, forestry, exploitation and utilization

Subject and Association Keywords

agriculture, reclamation of agricultural land. melioration

Subject and Association Keywords

education (general)

Subject and Association Keywords

history of Oceania, New Zealand, local history and description

Subject and Association Keywords

railroad engineering and operation, railway construction

Subject and Association Description

railway construction,
coastal shipping,
timber milling

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

Object Type


Object number

2010.167 .1


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