South Canterbury, New Zealand lies in the centre of the South
Island bounded by the
Rangitata River to the north and Waitaki River to the south and stretching from
the east coast to the
Southern Alps where Mount Cook dominates the range. The
5,276 square miles or 3,504,640 acres of land changes from plain to downland to
foothills and mountains. The Mackenzie Basin has three large lakes; Ohau, Pukaki
and Tekapo that are all
part of the Waitaki River catchment and contributes to the supply of water which
provides electric power for the South Island.
the Waitaki Hydro Scheme (June 2). Industries include grain growing
and sheep. The port of Timaru is a central multipurpose bulk handling facility. The foothills -
Four Peaks, Hunter Hills, the hills behind
Fairlie and the Two Thumb Range
are often dusted with snow. Refresh page to view the images above - four of the photos are
views on the opposite side of Four Peaks, the Fairlie Basin, looking back
towards Four Peaks from Middle Rd, Sherwood Downs and a painting of the run "Ribbonwood"
on the Two Thumb Range, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie.
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Photos of the month - The thumbnail photo looks like a double crank compound Fowler. Waimate County No 82 11Tons
Upcoming events -
Steam Extravaganza on the outskirts of Christchurch
Steamscene 12th & 13th April 2014 at McLeans Island, Harewood map
Traction Engine Rally 19 Apr 2014 - Sunday, 20 Apr 2014
Winchester Show Grounds South Canterbury
Mackenzie Highland Show, Easter Monday, Fairlie
Monday 21 April 2014
Dawn Service at the Cenotaph on Queen Street, Timaru at 6 a.m.
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Geraldine Anzac Commemorations
When: Friday, 25 Apr 2014 - Saturday, 26 Apr 2014
Rangitata Island Aerodrome
Crowley of Otaio threshing mill at Cricklewood.
This one is a single cylinder Fowler.
Both these engines are driving a threshing mill.
Timaru Herald, 10 May 1895, Page 3 SEADOWN.
Things have gone on quietly in our district since my last contribution. The farmers are busy ploughing for winter wheat. Stock are already on the turnips, which are, I am sad to say, too few, and potato lifting is nearly over. The local schoolmaster, I know, sincerely wishes the potato-picking was over, for it is the cause of many children, big and small, absenting themselves from school. When remonstrated with for detaining the children the farmer says, quite seriously and truly too, "Times are hard and I must be careful."
If there were no other sign that the approaching winter will be cold and wearisome the formation of a dancing class in our district points in that direction. The young, and some of the old who will not admit that " their dancing days are over," have formed a class for their amusement during the coming season. The attendance at school is now somewhat irregular on account of the before mentioned potato-picking. The school has increased in numbers since Mr Gillespie took charge, and now has a roll number of 103.
The main road to Timaru is the scene of busy traffic, and the numerous mobs of sheep which one daily sees pass by lead one to wonder where they all come from. They are mostly "boilers," and the drover will quietly tell you their destination is Washdyke — their price from ninepence to eighteenpence a head.
The traction-engine still puffs noisily by, loaded with wheat, and has slow and feeble opposition in the shape of two waggons. These two methods of haulage make one reflect. The former travels quickly, and carries a load of four times the latter, it feeds and drinks as it proceeds, whilst the latter crawls along snail-like, takes twice the time of the traction, and must stop to feed and rest. The steam train as a means of transport will soon displace the team waggons and wool trucks of the good old days.
Snapshot of the page as it appeared on Oct 30, 2013 Family’s heads are
full of steam By RUTH GRUNDY
MOST children bring home stray animals and ask if they can keep them. The Winter boys bring home traction engines. George Winter (79), two of his three sons, John and Evan, and grandson Bill (10) drove two traction engines from their homes in Cave, South Canterbury, to North Otago Vintage Machinery Club’s 25th anniversary celebrations at Clarks’ Mill, near Maheno, at Labour Weekend. The family owns four traction engines. Mr Winter senior said he had always had a “bit of an affiliation” with the machines, which had been part of his family’s history for five generations. “My grandfather had them, and my uncle and father. Then they were sold off.” But it was not many years before he began buying them back again. Evan said the preoccupation with the engines was “hereditary”. “Some people take up golf,” he said. But the Winter family had “taken up” traction engines and had restored three when “the boys” — John, Evan and Brent — bought a fourth. Mr Winter senior did not know anything about the new purchase until a neighbour let the cat out of the bag. “And I said ‘oh no, they haven’t bought another one’,” Mr Winter senior said. The family keep the engines at Seadown, at W J Clarke’s sheds, which were built to house up to 13 traction engines when the machines were in their heyday. “Clarke’s was one of the biggest operators [of the engines] in the world [at the time],” Evan Winter said. The engines were used to operate threshing mills and for hauling. Once the fourth engine is restored, the Winter family would own three of the original “Clarke engines”, Evan Winter said. Mr Winter senior was reluctant to speculate on how much the collection might be worth.
Picture View from on high: Looking down on a 1911 McLaren traction engine owned by the Winter family, of Cave, South Canterbury. The family are the second owners of the engine, which was bought new by the Ruddenklau family, of Waimate (picture left).
Picture Family of enthusiasts: Standing with one of two traction engines they took to the North Otago Vintage Machinery Club’s 25th anniversary are grandfather George Winter (79), son Evan (41) and grandson Bill (10), all of Cave, South Canterbury.
Picture Vintage chaff: Operating the traction engine-powered chaff cutter
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