Hokianga - Phormian Tenax - or flax rope-making, 1870
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244 x 184 mm. A view showing a small rope-making factory. At the right, men can be seen winding and spinning long lengths of flax into ropes, while behind them the stripped flax is drying on lines. Other workers are standing outside the shed where the flax is prepared. At the left of the picture, at roof level, can be seen the last few feet of a water race. The wheel itself is out of the picture. Hokianga lies on the west coast of the North Auckland peninsula. Phorium Tenax (named by botanists on Cook's second voyage in 1772) is the botanical name for the main plant used in the New Zealand flax industry; the plant is native to New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
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Good condition, apart from slight fading in from edges.
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