Story: Land ownership

Glenmark station, North Canterbury

Glenmark station, North Canterbury

George Henry Moore built his homestead on Glenmark station in 1888. Like other Canterbury runholders he built up his property on the back of profitable pastoral farming, the generosity of his bank, and his use of cheap leasehold land. He began as the farm manager, and acquired Glenmark at auction in 1873. He paid £90,000 for 38,935 acres (15,756 hectares) of freehold land, but this was linked to another 78,740 acres (31,865 hectares) of leasehold land. Eventually the run carried over 90,000 sheep and was the most valuable in the colony. Holdings on this scale were not found in the North Island.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-127240; F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Provincial administration of land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008