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  Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1903.  
The Timaru Section pages 
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Cyclopedia of New Zealand title page
Timaru section consists of 62 pages: 966 - 1026

With Special Thanks to Marina for scanning in the pages from her own copy. 

Use the index. Opens in another window. The links below go to very large [200k] scanned images from the original book. The numbers refer to the original page numbers from 'Cyclopedia New Zealand' - Canterbury edition.  Some of the images are not straight on the page as the original book would not completely open and press for scanning. This book was printed in 1903. 

992 993 994 995 996
997 998 999 1000 1001
full Timaru section index       1111 Supplementary
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A B C D E F G H I J K L Mac Mc M N O P R S T W Y

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Did Cyclopedia of NZ Canterbury pg 1025 get it wrong?  Yes, but with the name of the ship and the year Alfred came out and his DOD but he retired to Waimataitai.

Mr. Alfred Pigeon, sometime of Timaru, was one of the pioneers of Canterbury, and came out in the ship “Royal Heart,” in 1849. [sic. Royal Stuart in 1855]. He had a farm at Hallswell, and afterwards at Addington, where the Addington show grounds now stand. After some years he bought a farm, named “Meadowbank,” in Upper Otaio, and worked it with success. In later years Mr. Pigeon retired to his private residence, “Belfield,” at Waimataitai, near Timaru. He died in 1896 [sic 1893], leaving a wife, one son and a daughter.

father page 1025 has a photo of the same single story house but this one is labeled "Belfield, Waimataitai.
son page 1111 supplemental has a photo of a single story house not labelled

The PIGEON house labelled 'Belfield' in Cyclopedia of NZ Canterbury pg 1025 is single story. I wonder if this is an Cyclopedia of NZ Canterbury error on pg 1111 with the photo of the son's residence. Alfred PIGEON's son Alfred Frederick lived at 'Rosslyn.' This is not the two storied 'Belfield' house but the aspect with a flagstaff near a monkey puzzle tree on the front lawn and probably Mt. Peel to the north could be another house on the former Waimataitai Estate named 'Belfield'. The two chimneys are the same design as on the Hebert Belfield two story house. The Timaru Herald supports that Alfred Pigeon, Sr. funeral left his residence Belfield House, Waimataitai. 

Mr. Alfred Frederick Pigeon, son of Mr. A. Pigeon, was born at Addington in 1858, and was educated at Christ's College, Christchurch. He was brought up to farming on his father's farm, and worked with his father on the Meadowbank estate [near Bluecliffs, Upper Otaio, St. Andrews]. This estate he subsequently managed on the retirement of his father, and in 1898 sold it to Mr. Bassett. He then bought his beautiful residence, “Roslyn,” near Timaru, where he now lives. Mr. Pigeon also owns a threshing mill, which is worked chiefly throughout the St. Andrews district.  Mr. Pigeon is a great lover of birds and animals, and on his well-appointed grounds at “Roslyn” he has kangaroos, peacocks, pheasants, game birds, doves, etc.

Timaru Herald Oct. 1893
Death: PIGEON. On October 16th, at Waimataitai, Timaru, Alfred Pigeon, aged 69 years.
Funeral Notice: PIGEON - The friends of the late Alfred Pigeon, are respectfully informed that his funeral will leave his late residence, Belfield House, Waimataitai, on Wednesday.

Timaru Herald, 13 April 1892, Page 3
For private sale. The undersigned have received instructions from Mr Alfred Pigeon to sell his compact farm of of 612 acres Down Land, situated near Bluecliffs, and 9 Miles from St. Andrew's railway Station subdivided into 11 Paddocks, 8 roomed Home with Dairy, &c, Large Granary, and every convenience for working the farm. For particulars apply to GUINNESS & LECREN, Auctioneers.

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