Photograph [Mataura Freezing workers on slaughter board]; Hyne, W. Crown Studio ...

Name/Title

Photograph [Mataura Freezing workers on slaughter board]

About this object

Undated black and white photograph of butchers at work in the slaughterhouse of the Mataura Freezing Works in 1925.

On the slaughter board, each solo butcher (who were sometimes called slaughtermen) had an overhead rail for his own use. The large holes in front of the men were fitted with chutes for the offal, fat, heads and skins which fell into small trucks before being further processed. Once dressed, carcasses were taken by a boy along the rail to be weighed, ticketed and taken to a cooling room before being frozen.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Maker

Hyne, W. Crown Studio (Gore)

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1925

Inscription and Marks

A piece of card is stapled to the reverse of the photograph recording a partial list of names. Handwritten on the card is:
'Right to left. J Hewlett, Sec McPhee/J Valentine, A Perry, T Kubala, A Turner/ C Clearwater, Board Walker/Jack Walker/YEAR and NAMES WANTED'

Technique

printed

Technique

mounted

Measurements

h 185mm x w 235mm
small

Period

1920s

Format

photograph, black and white

Object Type

photograph

Subject and Association Keywords

agriculture/farming

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper.

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated

Object number

MT2011.185.3

Rights

Public Domain Public Domain

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