Stag Spooner - Those Wild Men from the Bush


An illustrated diary kept by a 22 year old deer hunter during 1939 and 1940 is at the heart of this exhibition.
Neville (“Stag”) Spooner grew up in the Wairarapa during the Great Depression and started keeping records of his daily life as a child, and continuing the practice during his military service in World War Two, until his early death in Fiordland aged just 28. The visual diary that he kept while working as a deer culler for the Department of Internal Affairs, first in the Tararuas and then on the West Coast of the South Island, along with other memorabillia will show for the first time. The exhibition has been launched at the same time as a book featuring a more in depth look at this fascinating local character.