From the collection of Rangiora & Districts Early Records Society & Museum
Great Tom Spade (pictured beside a regular spade)
Great Tom was manufactured in Oamaru early last Century, and was used at Montserrat, Omihi to break down overhanging banks on creeks.
These huge, extremely heavy spades known as flaughters, were, and probably still are, used in the Highlands of Scotland to strip off the top 8 inches of turf before digging the peat underneath
Gaelic name: Caber Lag.
Presented to the Rangiora Museum by Mrs M. Little
Part of the Cantage Records and Archives Week 2010 exhibition