Story: Transport of animals

Droving sheep from Nelson to Canterbury (1st of 3)

Droving sheep from Nelson to Canterbury

In 1854 Laurence Kennaway and three hired hands drove a mob of sheep from the Hurunui River, at that time the boundary between Canterbury and Nelson, to Alford Station in mid-Canterbury. In his memoir Kennaway described the 25-day trip in great detail. His sketch shows one of the group’s camps. In driving rain the men had to take turns keeping watch through the night.

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Reference: Laurence J. Kennaway, Crusts: a settler's fare due south. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1874.

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Ruth Low, 'Transport of animals - Droving – ‘on the hoof’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 February 2023)

Story by Ruth Low, published 24 Nov 2008