Butler Mr, fl. 1886 :View of new road to Owen Reefs. Mount Owen in the distance. Roadmens camps. By Butler, mining Engineer, Oct. 20th, 1886

Butler Mr, fl. 1886 :View of new road to Owen Reefs. Mount Owen in the distance. Roadmens camps. By Butler, mining Engineer, Oct. 20th, 1886
Date
1886
By
Butler, (Mr), active 1886
Ref
A-443-020
Description

A detailed and early view of a goldminer's camp near Murchison, built for a short-lived mining venture at Owen Reefs, 1880s. A number of trees have been cut down, and stumps and felled trunks are prominent in the foreground. A number of tents have been erected and at least three log cabins have been built. The forest and bush is dense, with a view of the peak of Mount Owen rising beyond. Two men can be seen in the camp, in workmen's clothes, boots and hats. Two saddled horses are also seen, as is a black and white cat, which sits on a felled log.

The Owen reefs are situated west of the Owen River, a tributary of the Buller, about 100 miles from its mouth.

It is possible that the artist is Mr E. Butler, underground surveyor (also mentioned as C.E. or Civil Engineer), who worked as an engineer in the Owen reefs area in the 1880s. (Source: Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXI, Issue 220, 16 September 1887, p2)

Inscriptions: Recto - beneath image - [in brown or sepia ink] View of new road to Owen Reefs. Mount Owen in the distance. Roadmens camps. By Butler mining engineer Oct. 20th 1886

Quantity: 1 drawing(s).

Physical Description: Ink and wash on paper with linen backing, 260 x 353 mm

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1 drawing(s), Works of art, Wash drawings, Landscapes (Representations), Ink and wash on paper with linen backing, 260 x 353 mm, Orientation: Horizontal image
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Butler, (Mr), active 1886. Butler Mr, fl. 1886 :View of new road to Owen Reefs. Mount Owen in the distance. Roadmens camps. By Butler, mining Engineer, Oct. 20th, 1886. Ref: A-443-020. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23529499

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