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 1901 and 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; 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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