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Image Possum trappers

TLF ID R1760

This is a photograph of two New Zealand possum trappers. It was taken in 1929 in Taranaki, North Island, and shows the trappers with the dried skins of the Australian brush-tailed possum ('Trichosurus vulpecula').




Educational details

Educational value
  • This asset shows the skins of the Australian brush-tailed possum, which was introduced to New Zealand in 1837 to establish a local trade in animal fur - importation continued until 1920 and by 2004 there were approximately 70 million possums in New Zealand eating their way through seven million tonnes of vegetation per year.
  • It depicts a common scene of the time, when the fur trade was important - changes in fashion, in part influenced by shifting attitudes to the treatment of animals, have now caused a decline in the industry.
  • It illustrates the appearance of possum trappers and the sort of clothing they wore, especially when posing for the camera.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History
  • Studies of society and environment

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  • Name: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Organization: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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  • URL: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz
  • Name: Crown Studios\, New Zealand
  • Organization: Crown Studios\, New Zealand
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Organization: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • © Education Services Australia Ltd and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements