Photograph [Mataura Rabbit Factory employees]; unknown photographer; 1900-1905; ...

Name/Title

Photograph [Mataura Rabbit Factory employees]

About this object

A black and photograph depicting Mataura Rabbit Factory employees, posing for a group shot outside a large wooden shed. Two dogs are included, and on either side of the group of (all male) employees are two boxes of rabbit products proudly displayed in crates.

Identified employees:
back row: [?], John Taylor, [?], Major Gordon, [?], [?], [?]
second to back row: Mat Stafford, Jerry Whitely, Tom Smith, [?], 'Snowy' Barclay, [?]
second to front row: Dave Gillanders, [?], Croft, Smith, Jenkins, John Adam, W. McGillivray, Peter Carnie, [?]
front row: [?], Chris Bonney, [?], John Hamilton, [?], John Waddell, Jimmy Dun, [?]

A delightful letter reproduced in the book 'Mataura: City of Falls' (p. 204) records the feelings a zealous rabbit inspector had regarding a neglectful farmer regarding the rabbit population:
"I was down your road last week and I seen a hell of a lot of rabbits in them mine tailings behind your house and no work going on to keep them. The neighbours tell me that you was down at the pub and that you was drunk for four days last Christmas and you haven't done a thing about them rabbits since the last time I stirred you up. They tell me you are saving them up so as to have a few bob to go to the show and probably get drunk for another four days.
Now therefore take notice that me being an inspector under the said Act hereto require you to forthwith and to commence rabbit destruction work immediately in default of which you'll go to gaol which will probably be a bloody good thing as far as you're concerned. This is the last bloody warning you're getting."

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Maker

unknown photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Format

photograph, black and white

Date Made

1900-1905

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Inscription and Marks

A white sticker reads 'B21 - 25'.
A typed card is taped to the reverse and reads:
'MATAURA FREEZING WORKS STAFF EARLY 1900/
Front Row: ...: CHRIS BONNEY :... : JOHN HAMILTON (MANAGER) : ... : JOHN WADDELL : JIMMY DUNN :/
Row 2: DAVE GILLANDERS : ... : JOE CROFTS? : ... SMITH : ... JENKINS : JOHN ADAM : W McGILLIVRAY : PETER CURRIE : .... WALLACE ?:
Row 3: MAT STAFFORD : JERRY WHITELY : TOM SMITH : ... : SNOWY BARCLAY : ... :
Row 4: ... : JOHN TAYLOR : ... : MAJOR GARDEN ; ... : ... : ... :'

A second piece of paper is cello taped on the reverse and the above names are handwritten in green pen in reverse row order.

Technique

printed

Measurements

h 256mm x w 307mm
medium

Subject and Association Keywords

industry

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura/mataura rabbit factory

Subject and Association Keywords

genealogy/personal and family names

Credit Line

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

Object Type

photograph

Object number

MT2011.185.63

Copyright Licence  

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