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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An early photo of Mickleburn situated beside a creek. Note the wheeled hut. There is a little girl walking down to the dog kennels. Her mother is outside behind the bach on the right.
Meikleburn Saddle, 2,299ft, is named after John Meikle. On early maps it was named Tripp's Saddle. John Meikle was the owner of the Grosvenor Hotel in Timaru which he had built it in about 1875 and sold in April 1894. John seemed to have a few business interests around Timaru besides farming, he was a director of the Timaru Milling Co. In Feb. 1885 he purchased the Commercial Hotel, Main South Rd, Timaru from A.G. Stone, who had it the last 14 years. John was well-known whip (driver) of Cobb and Co.'s coaches in the early days. His second wife Janet Wright was the first lady killed in NZ a car accident at Washdyke in her De Dion car in 1906. Their residence in 1906 was the Levels Valley. In Nov. 1907 he sold the chestnut gelding "Grosvenor" of 6 years by "Euroclydon" out of "Lady Leah." In 1908 he sold his farm at Levels Valley. There was a Meikle's Rd at Sutherlands. John Meikle, hotel keeper of Timaru and John Cramond who took over Charles Reid's share in September 1878 Block 5 in the Four Peaks Survey District. In 1885 John Mee and Donald McLean and John Meikle were joint owners in "Meikleburn." In March 1897 John Mee put Meikleburn on the market and the estate consisted of 2520 acres, fenced and subdivided into six paddocks with a good Woolshed and sheep yards, a small dwelling house and 3000 sheep. Guinness and LeCren report the following sales during the last week of Nov. 1907. For Mr John Meikle and Cramond's Trustees, their fine grazing property known as the "Meikleburn" Estate, situated 23 miles from Fairlie containing 2520 acres of freehold land, to Mr J. McDonald, who has secured a very compact and valuable sheep property. John Bray sold "Meikleburn" on 5th May 1913. This photo is from the time John Bray owned the property. The Meikleburn home was only a two bed roomed home with kitchen and scullery. Later John Bray built an extra room on. A men's hut was situated between the house and the creek, which had many names on the walls. In 1948 when Haldon Beattie purchased Meikleburn this old home was burnt down. Source: Connie Rayne's book Sherwood Downs and Beyond. Meikleburn had a rabbit problem. Must have been on the sunny side district.
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