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Stag Spooner: Wild man from the bush

The story of a New Zealand hunter - artist

Chris Maclean

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Stag (Neville) Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararuas, and then on the South Island’s West Coast. While his succ...
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THIS TITLE IS NOW OUT OF PRINT.

Stag (Neville) Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararuas, and then on the South Island’s West Coast. While his successful career as a culler was cut short by the Second World War, he did leave behind a remarkable legacy from this period, an illustrated diary of his experiences that he entitled Those Wild Men from the Bush. The diary, which forms the heart of this book, is a fascinating chronicle of the life of a professional hunter, who somewhat unusually, was also an artist. Stag Spooner went on to create another highly individual body of art during the war, a series of decorated envelopes that were sent back to his family and friends.

In this book Chris Maclean brings to light Stag’s singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting. He then became a deer culler, and saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit.

Soon after his return to New Zealand, Stag’s life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains. Stag Spooner is a unique book that finally recognises the life and world of a remarkable New Zealand hunter and artist.

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Weight1.09000000 kg
ISBN

9781877517686

Pages

240

Size

245 x 190 mm

Format

Hardback with cloth cover

Author

Chris Maclean

Published

2012

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