Story: Sheep farming

Sheep in the Wairarapa (2nd of 2)

Sheep in the Wairarapa

North Island pastoralism began in the Wairarapa in 1844. Merino sheep were imported from Australia to stock the early stations. This 1860s watercolour by Edward Lyndon shows sheep near Lake Wairarapa. Two have black faces, which is not a Merino characteristic. The moist underfoot conditions of the district did not suit fine-woolled sheep like Merino, so British breeds were imported to replace them.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-354-023
Watercolour by Edward Lyndon

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The establishment phase', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/16624/sheep-in-the-wairarapa (accessed 20 January 2019)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 3 Mar 2015