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Reply #15 - May 22nd, 2011 at 1:14pm
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The "rabbiters hut" was known as the "warren" and built by Les B and co. about 1973/74 .
The verandah, new bunks, mattresses, and outside sink was all done by me, Al Johnson, and Graeme Chapman in 1991.
Walked,Rode, and flown over all that country in the photos.
Could tell lots of storys about the "Reserve"... etc
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Reply #16 - May 22nd, 2011 at 4:41pm
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Bon, do you have a box of negatives?  Damn I could spend a day with you over a nice Scotch...

I have access to a crappy but passable negative scanner... if we add someone with memory to the brew I'd love to capture your stories..
  

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Reply #17 - May 22nd, 2011 at 7:40pm
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We have a scanner at home,[I can sort of work it] It's that bucket brigade thingy for posting photos I have had the trouble with.
  
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Reply #18 - May 22nd, 2011 at 7:54pm
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Looking at the photo of Quail Flat. The ground in front of the building is now concreted?  It used to be cobble stones. By removing them the renovators have also removed a piece of history.But they would not have realized it.
Opposite Quail Flat,across the Clarence is a hill with a flatish face. The hill is called clockface. I was in the DoC office in Renwick a few years back and noticed a pamphlet about Quail Flat. It explained that clockface got it's name because the cooks used to time the bread baking by the suns shadow moving across the face of the hill.
This is incorrect. Embedded in the cobble stones was the neck of a green bottle. The cooks would insert a stick in this and there were small knicks cut into the stones. in a circle. The shadow from the stick gave them the time. Because the hill was in the background ,it was given the name of clockface.
I told the DoC lady at Renwick this, her look told me what she was thinking. Silly old buggar. Smiley
  
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Reply #19 - May 22nd, 2011 at 8:31pm
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Cracker photos Rabbithunter, bloody interesting history too Bon.  Cheers.

I love these sort of posts/threads, some of the untold history in these places is fascinating.
  
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Reply #20 - May 23rd, 2011 at 4:36pm
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Awesome photos mate. Interesting history by the sounds of it. Love that sort of stuff. Cheers rabbithunter and Bon   Cool


Oh...no pics of the vehicle recovery? Sounds interesting  Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #21 - May 24th, 2011 at 7:40pm
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Raging Bull wrote on May 22nd, 2011 at 8:31pm:
Cracker photos Rabbithunter, bloody interesting history too Bon.  Cheers.

I love these sort of posts/threads, some of the untold history in these places is fascinating. 


hat that man said. Cool Smiley
  
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Reply #22 - May 24th, 2011 at 7:46pm
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Salmoner wrote on May 24th, 2011 at 7:40pm:
hat that man said. Cool Smiley


I might have taken a few crappy photo's but what Bon and others have added is HISTORY. Which is facinating.

Especially hearing from Bon on previous PM's about how they flew out old tractors in peices to Quail Flat then assembled, so they could plant/harvest carrots for rabbit poison operations.
  

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Reply #23 - May 28th, 2011 at 8:37pm
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Hi there, not sure how this thing works, ive never been on it b4, but I live at Muzzle, and noticed that 'Bon' has some pretty awesome stories and if we dont know you already, itd be great to hear some more stories. What years were you on the Muzzle/Bluff and the Reserve? PS Nice photos Rabbithunter!
  
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Reply #24 - May 31st, 2011 at 1:26pm
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Bon wrote on May 22nd, 2011 at 11:40am:
Thanks RH. The hut you suggested I might have used wasn't there in my day,nor were there any roads at all. Just the packtrack over the Kaikouras. And I see new iron buildings at Quail Flat,and pine trees [there were none of those]  The old hut is called Bluff Dump, Nicely painted nowadays. Muzzle Station used to shift their wool in eighty pound bales from the Muzzle by wagon pulled by mules. The route was up the Clarence to Quail Flat , then up the Herron[ now called the Seymour] as far as Bluff Dump. The mules were unharnessed here and had pack saddles put on them.
They were then loaded with two eighty pound bales and driven out over the packtrack to the Kaikoura side. Clarence Reserve station packed their wool out the same way using horse packteams. One day a mule team met a horse team on the track,the mules took the inside running and pushed the horse team over the side. It's still called dead horse gully. Pack team took around seven and a half hours from the homestead out to Quail Flat. I often packed for the station when culling out there as it wasn't always easy to find people who could pack. Of all the places I hunted professionally the Clarence holds fond memories. The weather was so good , it was, back then,  very remote, AND,no trampers,no recreational hunters. All that country to yourself and a mate for the eight month season. Huge block,from the Hossack to the Haycock [Jam] and all the Lake McCrae ,Guide,Dillon country on the Molesworth. I've got photos of the Mule teams and of the huts and camps.Mostly black and white. Enough dribble Smiley



Are you able to scan your old photos and post them on here?

  
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Reply #25 - May 31st, 2011 at 1:42pm
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Are you able to scan your old photos and post them on here?


+several thousand. Do it do it do it!

Or at least scan them, email them to me and I'll get them up on the bucket for you.  Smiley
  

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Reply #26 - May 31st, 2011 at 2:41pm
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OK Cleaky, pm your e-mail to me.  And, it won't happen overnight,but it will happen Smiley
  
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Reply #27 - May 31st, 2011 at 2:44pm
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Done  Smiley
  

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Reply #28 - Jun 12th, 2011 at 11:10am
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Bon wrote on May 31st, 2011 at 2:41pm:
OK Cleaky, pm your e-mail to me.  And, it won't happen overnight,but it will happen Smiley


Its been a few nights now!!  Smiley Smiley
  

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Re: Clarence Reserve/Muzzle Station (photo heavy)
Reply #29 - Jun 12th, 2011 at 1:18pm
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Fantastic images there rabbithunter! That is some beautiful looking country.
Thanks Bon for adding the history into the story.
  
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