Story: Marlborough region

The Peters family and the Hillesden estate

The Crown bought the 67,000-hectare Hillersden estate in the middle Wairau Valley in 1913 and balloted sections on it in March 1914. Moosey Peters, a migrant from Lebanon who had arrived in New Zealand in mid-1901, and had become a storekeeper in Blenheim, secured a 170-hectare lot. This photo was probably taken in 1919, about the time Peters sold the farm. He holds the horse by the bridle; his wife, Rebecca, who migrated to New Zealand with him in 1901, is in the background. Solomon, their oldest child, is on horseback in the middle of the photo and Michael, the second-oldest, is the other rider. After selling the farm, Moosey, Rebecca and their family moved to Wellington, but one of Moosey’s brothers remained in Blenheim for the rest of his life.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Grazing and farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/35498/the-peters-family-and-the-hillesden-estate (accessed 19 November 2018)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 16 Nov 2016