Story: Beekeeping

Model apiary, Christchurch International Exhibition, 1906–7

Model apiary, Christchurch International Exhibition, 1906–7

One early role of the Department of Agriculture was to inspect hives for American foulbrood disease and order the destruction of infected hives. Another role was to demonstrate modern beekeeping. A model bee farm was set up on the Ruakura government farm in 1905, and this exhibit was displayed at the Christchurch International Exhibition in 1906–7.

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Reference: Canterbury Times, 6 February 1907, p. 42 (PhotoCD20, IMG0022)

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Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - First bees and early beekeeping', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008