Title: Exotic Intruders

Author: Joan Druett

Publication details: Heinemann, 1983, Auckland

Digital publication kindly authorised by: Joan Druett

Part of: New Zealand Texts Collection

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Exotic Intruders

The Petre Head

The Petre Head

In 1874 a stag skeleton was found by a boy, Harry Hodgson, near the Dun Mountains, Nelson, while he was out hunting wild goats. It is generally believed that this was the stag received from Thorndon Hall, Essex, in 1851. Mr E.N. Jones, of Nelson, obtained the antler and skull from Hodgson and gave them to his brother-in-law, Mr William Brown, of Wellington, who mounted the head on the skin of another stag.

Black and white photograph of the "Petre Head", a mounted stag's head.
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