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Samuel Butler's New Zealand home

Samuel Butler's New Zealand home

Samuel Butler arrived in New Zealand in 1860, and after exploring parts of Canterbury established a sheep run, Mesopotamia, west of the upper Rangitātā River. The simple huts there were later depicted in this painting by William Packe. Butler's efforts to develop Mesopotamia were described in his vivid account, A first year in Canterbury settlement (1863).

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

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How to cite this page:

Alex Calder, 'Non-fiction - Settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/43295/samuel-butlers-new-zealand-home (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Alex Calder, published 22 Oct 2014