Story: South Canterbury region

Mesopotamia Station

Mesopotamia Station

Between 1860 and 1864 the English writer Samuel Butler owned Mesopotamia station at the headwaters of the Rangitātā River. His experiences provided the setting for the opening chapters of his famous novel Erewhon (which almost spells ‘nowhere’ backwards). The beginning of the story captures the isolation of high-country farming life, and the resilience it requires.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-196-015
Watercolour by William Packe

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Sport, culture, society and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017