Motueka River Punt

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View of a group of people including children and a woman seated in a horsedrawn buggy on punt on a river. A small boat behind, possibly attached to the punt, carries possibly three children.
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8 x 10 inches
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Motueka River Punt. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 181936

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The punt service run by Edward Mytton Snr and his family operated for many years at the site where the Baton Bridge crosses the Motueka River today and only ceased in 1906, when a wooden suspension bridge was built at the site of the punt crossing. This first bridge was replaced in 1964 by the current Baton Bridge.

- Anne McFadgen

Posted on 10-10-2015 00:51:02

One of the punts run by the Mytton family, who settled in the Pokororo/Graham area of the Motueka Valley c. 1867. The original English settlers, Edward (known as Edward the elder) and Martha (nee Nottingham) Mytton had 9 children. The bearded man standing on the punt in this photograph is youngest of their five sons, Edward Mytton Snr, taking a gig and its passengers across the Motueka River. The two children in the home-made canoe alongside are sons of Edward Snr - the one rowing is Lance Mytton. See: “The Memories of Early Days in Pokororo”, the recollections of Edward Mytton Snr. Pub. in the Journal of the Nelson & Marlborough Historical Societies, Vol 1, issue 6, September 1986. Can be read online at NZETC.

- Anne McFadgen

Posted on 31-03-2015 23:19:04