Photograph [A Team of Six Horses, 1 of 2]; unknown photographer; 1931; MT2017.22...


Photograph [A Team of Six Horses, 1 of 2]

About this object

A scan of a black and white photograph of Albert Robson with a team of six horses harrowing a paddock at Te Tipua in 1931. The horses are pulling 18 blade disc harrows made by the Dunedin based firm of Reid and Gray.

Albert grew up on a farm called Bolton Hill near Staindrop in County Durham, England. He steamed to NZ in 1926/1927 on the T.S.S. Tamaroa and secured a job as a teamster on W.T Wright's farm at Te Tipua called Arola Downs. Albert worked there from 1927 to 1933 before returning to England.

Albert kept a body of photos recording his time in New Zealand especially from his time in Southland and his niece Joan Smedley kindly gifted us a digital copy of this image.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura


unknown photographer

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Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on back:
'front view of 6 horse team pulling 18 blade Reid and Gray disc harrows. 2 x three abreast. On far hill is native bush where the wild pigs and sheep lived, also saw-mill. Whisky and it was named Hokonui after the bush. 1931 New Zealand.'




We don't hold the original.


photograph, black and white

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Medium and Materials

digital copy

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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