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Kauri Gum HC76


Large piece of kauri gum unpolished with rough uneven surface.

Kauri gum formed from resin in the bark. The gum is generally found in the upper part of the North Island. Gum was used by Maori for chewing, starting fires and moko. By the 1890s twenty thousand people were involved in the gum industry. Gum digging was extremely hard work.

Available with this object 'Gumdiggers of the North by Bert Hingley' (18 books).

max dimension: 220mm
 
subject area: Social Science
 
specific themes: Industry

handling collection number: HC76

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