Photograph [Ron Lemm]; [?]; 1950; CT08.4853.2d


Photograph [Ron Lemm]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white photograph of Ron Lemm and Henley Roxburgh gaining second place in the 16-inch Double-handed Sawing, Caledonian Showground, Dunedin, 1960. Ron is facing the camera, the two men behind him are Otago Axemen’s Society Officials, Lindsay Ollerenshaw is partly obscured, Innes Burgess is at far right in the black singlet, Henley Roxburgh has his back to camera.

Ron was born in Owaka in 1933, and was educated at Kahuika and MacLennan schools. He began bush work with his father in 1948. Ron’s grandfather Ernie Coote had been a Southland Champion Axeman in the 1920s and this inspired Ron to enter competitions himself. His first win was the Novice 12-inch Underhand Chop at the Chaslands Sports on 5 November 1950.

Sawmilling, logging and bush clearance occupied the working lives of many Catlins men and it was natural that chopping and sawing races were prominent events at local Sports Days and Caledonian Society Meetings. The blocks to be chopped were numbered and allocated by drawing lots. The chopping blocks were usually kamahi and the sawing blocks rimu. Ron competed for 23 years and enjoyed the social atmosphere as much as the competition.



Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper.




l 200mm x w 152mm

Subject and Association Keywords

recreation. leisure, outdoor life. outdoor recreation

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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