Sunday in a Bush Camp 1
1993
Anne de Silva, Matamata
Acrylic on panels, 20 sq m.

The earliest homes in Katikati were built from timber brought from Auckland and Tauranga because access to the local bush was difficult. Kauri were felled locally in the first decade of the twentieth century and again in the 1930s, working from camps set up in the bush. Beginning in 1992, Anna de Silva, of Matamata, portrayed some of the second-generation kauri bushmen on their one day off, doing Sunday chores. The mural authentically represents saw-milling tools. bushmen’s clothing and bush huts of the time. Well-known bushman George Reeves is the one sharpening the crosscut saw.

Sunday in a Bush Camp 2
1994
Anne de Silva, Matamata
Acrylic on panels, 20 sq m.

The two stages of 'Sunday in a Bush Camp' were painted over three years. The artist’s original concept included only men so she added the women and children in the second stage, imagining that they had walked from Katikati settlement to see their husband and father on this day off. The artist began drawing as a tiny child, now has her own art school and is expert in many crafts.