A selection of photographs from Hurunui District Libraries.
The Hanmer Springs State Forest
The Hanmer Springs State Forest used prison labour for planting the trees. The accommodation was designed to fit on a truck or railway wagons so that the camp could be moved to each new planting block. The ‘tents’ were constructed with a timber frame and canvas cover. They also had fireplaces, essential for the cold alpine environment.
The prison accommodation had the round roofs and the guards had the pitched roofs.
There was no actual security or fencing and there is no history of escapes from these camps. The locals say it was a long way to run back to Christchurch!
Part of the Cantage Records and Archives Week 2010 exhibition