Sash [Double-Handed Sawing 1960]; [?]; 1960; CT08.4853.3


Sash [Double-Handed Sawing 1960]

About this object

Sash; a prize sash awarded to Ron Lemm and Henley Roxburgh in 1960 for winning second place in the 15" Double Handed Sawing competition at the Caledonian show grounds, Dunedin.
The sash is of red satin[?] with gold text and gold tassels at each end.

Ron was born in Owaka in 1933, and was educated at Kahuika and MacLennan schools. He began bush work with his father in 1948. Ron’s grandfather Ernie Coote had been a Southland Champion Axeman in the 1920s and this inspired Ron to enter competitions himself. His first win was the Novice 12-inch Underhand Chop at the Chaslands Sports on 5 November 1950.

Sawmilling, logging and bush clearance occupied the working lives of many Catlins men and it was natural that chopping and sawing races were prominent events at local Sports Days and Caledonian Society Meetings. The blocks to be chopped were numbered and allocated by drawing lots. The chopping blocks were usually kamahi and the sawing blocks rimu. Ron competed for 23 years and enjoyed the social atmosphere as much as the competition.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, textile.

Inscription and Marks

Printed in gold: 'CALEDONIAN / 15" D. H. SAWING - 1960'




l 1880mm x w 135mm

Subject and Association Keywords

recreation. leisure, outdoor life. outdoor recreation

Credit Line

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

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