Photograph, Shetland Ponies Venlaw; Unknown; 1916 -1920; WY.0000.1263


Photograph, Shetland Ponies Venlaw

About this object

This is a black and white photo of Venlaw Station Shetland ponies.

Robert Story of Venlaw imported Shetland ponies, and he especially purchased a stallion by the name of 'Sir Roderick Dhu' . Robert ran his team on the south branch of the station, having a herd of thirty Shetland mares on the property at one stage. The Shetland ponies could manage the peat swamps better than the larger hacks; if they found themselves bogged in the swamp, they would lie on their side and claw their way out, whereas larger horses would panic and become further bogged. These Shetland ponies were sold locally as many children rode to school. However, they had many tricks, one of their favourite being to dislodge their riders whenever possible.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Waiarikiki, Venlaw



Maker Role


Date Made

1916 -1920

Inscription and Marks

Reverse of photo in black ink on upper left 'Wy 07'
Added in pencil on the lower right ' WY.0000.1263'


h 99 mm x w 160 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Animals (fauna)

Medium and Materials

processed material, organic, vegetal, paper, photographic paper

Object number


Copyright Licence  

Public Domain Public Domain

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