Story: Farming in the economy

Flaxbourne Station

Flaxbourne Station

Flaxbourne Station was the first great pastoral station in the South Island. Charles Clifford and Frederick Weld transferred their sheep flock from the Wairarapa to Flaxbourne in 1847. This 1869 painting shows the woolshed and station buildings, with the Flaxbourne River in the foreground. The surrounding dry, tussock-covered hills were ideal for grazing fine-woolled Merino sheep.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-035-004
Watercolour by Edward Christopher Wyvill

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Early farming and the great pastoral era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008