J.E. Shewry


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01 Aug 1962
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"Among New Zealand's axemen Ned Shewry is a legend and his prowess at the block is still discussed with awe at chopping competitions.
Ned Shewry was born at Stratford in 1889 but moved to Kohuratahi as a boy. At 17 he went farming in the area with his brother and won his first competition in 1910 at Whangamomona.
The next year he won the New Zealand Axemans Cup at the, then, mecca of chopping, the Eltham Axemans Carnival.
From that time until his retirement in 1934 Shewry consistently won many competitions and set world records times. He won the 24 inch (61cm) in 1915 and 1920.
Ned served overseas during the First World War winning a Military Medal.He subsequently farmed at Opunake and his later farm at Bell Block was bequeathed to Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust - one of the major loves of his later years.
Local folklore consistently insists that Ned Shewry dehorned his cattle with precise blows." Source: Puke Ariki exhibition label written by Ron Lambert. Also see A Chip off the old Block – Ned Shewry by Sorrel Hoskin http://www.pukeariki.com/Research/TaranakiResearchCentre/TaranakiStories/TaranakiStory/id/635/title/a-chip-off-the-old-block-ned-shewry.aspx


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