Historical information

This is Reub Eagle's North Harcourt orchard. The two workers are Walter Ellis and Dolph Eagle. The spraying equipment is a spray pump mounted on a wooden vat /horse-drawn vehicle and was an improvement on carrying a back pack spray as hoses from the equipment permitted greater ease and mobility. The pear trees are planted in rows spaced twenty feet apart and heavily pruned so that the fruit buds were to grow on the main branches.


Photograph is a historical record of orchard/horticultural techniques of the 1920s to the nineteen fifties in Harcourt.

Physical description

B & W photograph shows a view of two men using hand sprays in a pear orchard. The equipment is a spray pump which is being drawn by a horse