Story: Sheep farming

Take-up of Canterbury sheep stations

The pastoral stations in Canterbury were taken up over a period of 19 years. Motunau, the oldest Canterbury station, was established in 1847. Birchhill Station, almost at the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook, was applied for in 1865 and was the last station taken up in Canterbury.

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Source: Robert L. Peden, ‘Pastoralism and the transformation of the rangelands of the South Island of New Zealand 1841 to 1912: Mt Peel Station, a case study’ (PhD thesis, University of Otago, 2007), pp. 78–80

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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/interactive/16626/take-up-of-canterbury-sheep-stations (accessed 26 March 2019)

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