Photograph, Birchwood Hunt Panorama; Blackie, William Nichol; 18.05.1927; OT.200...


Photograph, Birchwood Hunt Panorama

About this object

Black & White panorama photograph of the Birchwood Hunt, taken 18.05.1927: Names of riders are written on the back.

Historical Notes on the Birchwood Hunt:
Under Captain Gardiner, who from 1886 commanded the Run 143, north of Otautau, this estate became famous for the Birchwood Hounds or Hunt and the associated house parties and other activities on the property. In time, the Birchwood Estate gained a rich reputation for "the hunt" and parties. These hunts were also held at many other historical runs and stations across Southland and still exist today. Captain James Gardiner died in 1907.

After the glory days in the late 1800's and early 1900's, with the advent of more motorized transport, "the hunt" as it was affectionately called, started to lose followers and funds. By the time 1999 came around, the hunt had lost its funding from the associated racing and was in dire difficulty. However, in the usual enterprising spirit of those who call Southland home, the situation was turned around and not only did the club manage to met its debts, they could also purchase a property at Jubilee Hill Road on the Longwood's side of Otautau, which they leased to create funds to continue.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Otautau


Blackie, William Nichol

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Title printed on front as part of photograph: 'Birchwood Hunt Opening Run Otautau, W N Blaikie, photo protected 18-5-27. 'Written on back, in blue ink pen: 'S H McDonald donated to Reg Roff'. Names also written on back in blue ink pen -Left to right: 'Jack Langford, Morton O'Brien, Owen Williams (Master), A McKay, Bill Norton, Frank Langford, ?, Jim Calligan, Albert Gately' (NOTE: should be Gatley - Mr A. or Albert Gatley was a well known rider of the Birchwood hunt, being in the paper many times), 'Vince Langford, George Allen, Doug Irving, Alex Saunders'. Dated: '30.01.76'. Also written on back in blue ink pen: 'Donated to ODHS by Reg Roff 30.1.76'. Written on back in red pen: 32/1 (of unknown significance).


h 330 mm x w 950 mm x d 13 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Clubs, Groups and Societies

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Hunting and Wild Harvesting

Subject and Association Keywords

Sport and Leisure

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
Prior to de-framing:
inorganic, processed material, glass
inorganic, processed material, wood

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