Bushman's Museum

Bushman’s Museum Timber milling history

Bushman’s Museum

Bushman's Museum

Bushman’s Museum

The Tuatapere Bushman’s Museum displays a comprehensive photographic record of early timber milling operations and a static display of timber milling equipment.

Sawing Pit

Sawing Pit


Beside the Information Centre.

6 Responses

  1. Katherine Wilson says:

    I am a descendant of James Howie and Margaret Wright Todd. I’d be happy to track down some information/ photos

  2. Carolin Perkins says:

    To whom it may concern:
    I am making a photo album, or book, of family photos going back as far as I can.

    My Great Aunt, Sybil (nee Wilson) Printz taught at Tuatapere primary school.

    I am looking for any photos related to:
    • Joss family – Captain James Joss being the patriarch who married Kurukuru of Ngai Tahu
    • Their daughter Betsy (Peti) Joss who married John Willsson (Willson, Wilsson) – Swedish sailor
    • Betsy’s son Frederick Herman Wilson, who married Catherine Forbes (I have no photos of any of the Forbes family)
    • Frederick John Charles Wilson m Elizabeth Wright Howie – my Grandparents
    • John Howie (of Scotland) – who married Margaret Wright Todd (my Grandmother’s parents)
    • Any photos of Robert Wright (wife unknown) of Rothesay, Scotland born 1836
    • His daughter – Elizabeth Wright who married Thomas Todd & was born on 30 April 1832 in Rothesay, Bute, Scotland. She died on 16 October 1929 at the age of 97 in Invercargill, New Zealand

    All these family members lived either on Stewart Island, in Orepuki, in Riverton or Invercargill / Bluff.

    I would be very grateful if you could send any photos to me, by email – to this address, in the largest file size you can manage (600dpi is fine).
    I am happy to pay for any images & can reimburse you online once you have sent me the details and the cost.

    Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

    Carolin Perkins

    • myles says:

      Hi Carolin,

      I’ll pass your request onto those that may be able to help, hopefully they will get in touch with you if they can.


    • Sue Saunderson says:

      Hi Carolin
      I have just come across this post of yours. Please contact me, I to descended from John Wilson and Betsey Joss, and I have some photos. Would love to share information.

  3. Kathryn Mitchell says:

    I would love some further information about the museum, is there someone I could contact to discuss the museums development, collection etc?

    • myles says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Sorry for the delay. Are you a local or from elsewhere? There is someone local who was trying to put together a series of photos about the history of the area. I can put you in touch if that’s helpful.


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