Wednesday, May 21, 2014

horse-drawn 'Scandi wagon', 1870s

According to the NZ Post website, "The Scandi, or bush wagon, was developed by the Scandinavian immigrants who were brought to New Zealand in 1872, and established the settlements of Dannevirke and Norsewood in the Seventy-Mile Bush in Southern Hawke's Bay. The difficult conditions encountered by the settlers demanded a wagon of rugged construction. The Scandi is simple in design, has no springs, a low deck, and is characterised by the unusual wheel construction."

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