Story: Nelson region

Planting seeds, Golden Downs

Planting seeds, Golden Downs

These students were photographed by Forest Service photographer John Johns in the 1950s. They are planting seeds at Golden Downs forest, south-west of Nelson, while an instructor looks on. Golden Downs began to be planted in the 1920s, and by the mid-1950s Nelson’s exotic forests were second only to the central North Island’s. One of the country’s two forestry training schools was established there in the mid-1950s, with 70 ‘woodsmen’, as the students were called. Fifth-form boys were given two years’ education in practical forestry. Alcohol and cars were forbidden – but booze was often secreted away in the scrub.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Print Collection
Reference: NP5910-2169

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond. 'Nelson region - Forestry, fishing, manufacturing and tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 15-Nov-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28960/planting-seeds-golden-downs