Golf was played in Cain's pasture, Timaru, 1894 

 Aorangi - Golf in South Canterbury 
Geraldine District, Orari Back Road, Geraldine
Grande Vue, Gresham Street, Geraldine
Timaru, Lynch Road, Levels
Gleniti, Hadlow Rd & Pages Rd, Timaru
Highfield, 77 Douglas Street, Timaru
Pleasant Point, Butlers Road, Pleasant Point
Mt Nessing, Mt Nessing Road, Albury
Fairlie, Talbot Street, Fairlie
MacKenzie, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
Ben Ohau, McKenzie Drive, Twizel.
St Andrews, Main Road south, S.H 1
Maungati,Craigmore Valley Road, Maungati
Waimate, Parsonage Rd, Waimate
Temuka, Domain Ave, Temuka


Timaru Herald, 18 May 1894, Page 2
A preliminary meeting of those interested in forming a golf club at Timaru was held in the Sophia street hall last evening, there being present Mr D. Davies (the convenor), Major Bamfield, Messrs. West, Wake, Hart, Gunn, Anderson, Gow, and Waite. A conversational discussion took place on the game, and as a large area of ground was required, suggestions were made as to localities of suitable pieces. Mr Davies mentioned that a club would have no difficulty in getting a suitable piece at Saltwater Creek, and it was also remarked that but little attention was required for it. The names of those present were taken down as willing to join, and the meeting was adjourned so that enquiries could be further made as to the probable success of a golf club here.

Timaru Herald, 23 May 1894, Page 2
An initiation into some of the mysteries of Golf plating is to take place to-morrow, the Queen's Birthday, at Saltwater Creek in the forenoon, when an expert with a few clubs and balls is expected to walk over the proposed course, and pronounce as to the fitness of the ground for a Golf course.

Timaru Herald, 23 July 1894, Page 2
The Timaru Golf Club held their first annual meeting on Tuesday at the Sophia Street Hall. The object of the meeting it the election of officers, the adoption of rules, and the consideration of a day for the formal opening of the club. We understand that the committee appointed by the preliminary meeting has rented temporarily the paddock in North street owned by the trustees of the late Captain Cain, And that a few enthusiasts who have already obtained clubs have made the round of the "links " in company with experts from Dunedin who were en route to the Christchurch tournament.

Timaru Herald, 25 July 1894, Page 2 Wednesday
A good and representative meeting was held in the Sophia street hall last evening. Major Bamfield in the chair, to form a Golf Club. A committee was elected, consisting of Mr Lindsay, president; Major Bamfield, vice president; Mr Davies, captain; Mr Wake, Secretary; Mr Gunn, treasurer; Messrs. West, Hamilton, and Wake, ground committee. It was resolved to adopt; the rules of the Otago Golf Club, and authority was given to the ground committee to expend a certain sum improving the ground. The subscription was fixed at 21s for those joining before the 1st September; after that date an entrance fee of 10s 6d will be demanded, the election of members was left to the committee. Regulations were made relative to the employment of caddies and their remuneration. The club will formally open the "links", Cain's paddocks, on Thursday afternoon.

Timaru Herald, 27 July 1894, Page 2
The Timaru Golf Club had a disagreeably cold afternoon for the opening of the links, but the dozen or so of players who turned up enjoyed themselves greatly, in matches of two and one four.


A Texan played Grande Vue, Nov. 2011 while his wife and son enjoyed the annual Arts and Plants Festival downtown, Geraldine. That tall tree is a eucalyptus tree aka blue gum. Gary also played Pleasant Point x2, St. Andrews, Fairlie and Otematata, all in South Canterbury. Gary played 16 rounds on 15 courses in 18 days including Hagley Park, Methven, Wanaka, Kelvin Heights, Oreti Sands, Nelson and Greenacres all South Island courses and the visited the driving range at Frankton. Walking is the only option.  We quickly learned about the honesty box system on these golf courses.

Timaru Herald, 21 September 1894, Page 3
A regular match was played by members of the Golf Club yesterday afternoon, between sides chosen respectively by the president and the captain. The fact that holes and strokes were being recorded, lent additional interest to the varying luck of the players, which indeed varied very much. There were but few onlookers. The match was twice round the links— 18 holes, resulted as follows, the sides playing in pairs —
Lindsay (president) 10 holes, 139 strokes v Davis (captain) 4 holes, 153 strokes
Ronaldson 5—119, v Higginbotham 9-109
Hamilton 7— 118, v Oliver 3—126
McFarlane 4-132, v Gunn 11—113
Foden 4—157, v Bamfield 11—145
Shepherd 2— 182 v H G Wake, 10—111
Gray 18-110, v McGregor 2-137
F W Wake 4-150, v Fergusson 9—128
Total, President's side, 48 holes— 1057 strokes, Captain's side, 59 holes— 1022 strokes. The Captain's team therefore won by 11 holes.

Timaru Herald, 23 October 1894, Page 2
A golf match, town v country, will be played on Thursday next, play to commence at 2 o'clock. The following are the teams:— Country— Keddie, Higginbotham, Clissold, Elworthy, Francis, Macfarlane, Studholme, Teschemaker, Lindsay, Town — Mccgregor, Ronaldson, Gray, Davies, McLaren, Gunn, Ferguson, Hamilton, Wake.

Timaru Herald, 3 November 1894, Page 4
The first foreign match of the Timaru Golf Club was played off on Thursday on the links, North street, and results in an easy win for the Timaru team, both in the singles and the foursomes. As this is the first year of the club's existence, the victory is highly creditable to the local club. Mr Melville Grey showed the best form of the day, doing the 18 boles in 92 strokes. Mr Darling, for the visitors, took the honours with 103 strokes. Unfortunately Mr Brydone, captain of the Oamaru Club, had not an opportunity of displaying his skill in the singles, as his opponent, being detained by business, was late in turning up. The visitors appeared to be pleased with the course, though the bunkers in the upper paddock gave some of them a little trouble. Luncheon was provided on the ground, so that no time was lost in starting the foursomes in the afternoon. Rain came on, however, at 3 o'clock, which prevented more than one round being played.


Sunday at the Fairlie golf course, no crowds, while wife attended the Church Service at St. Columba. A hawthorn tree in bloom. White daisy and mushrooms were bountiful; a yellow ball would have helped.


Timaru Herald,
15 April 1913, Page 8 FAIRLIE GOLF CLUB. The annual meeting of the Fairlie Golf Club was held in the Technical School on Wednesday afternoon last, Mr J. Trotter in the chair. The financial side of the club was shown to be very satisfactory, the balance sheet showing a credit balance of £25 6s 9d. The election of officers resulted as follows:—Patron, Miss J. McLean; president, Mr F. R. Gillingham; vicepresident, Dr Bowe; secretary, Mr W. D. Charteris: treasurer, Rev. H.N. Roberts; general committee, Messrs Clarke. Trotter. O'Brien, Roberts, and Banks: match committee, Messrs Wigley, Banks and Trotter: ladies' committee, Mesdames Trotter, O'Dowd, Smith, West and Pilkington; ground committee, Messrs D. Clarke. F. R. Gillingham, and J. Trotter: handicappers. Messrs Trotter and Clarke. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr F. R. Gillingham who placed his Canfield grounds at the disposal of the club until they could set permanent links. Votes of thanks were also passed to the president, chairman, ladies of club, and the late secretary (Mr D. McCaskill) It was decided to have opening day on 17th April, and it was also decided to hold the annual ball near the same date as last year.  

Respectable Lives: Social Standing in Rural New Zealand By Elvin Hatch. published 1992

Scientist Scores Hole-In-One [South Downs aka Fairlie]
Where’s the best place to do science? If you’re Elvin Hatch, it’s the golf course. Hatch, an anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has long kept an eye on the greens in order to study the changing social standings of citizens in a small town in New Zealand. In earlier eras, golf was a game only for the upper crust. But as World War II brought labor shortages, and farmhands gained new status, farmers and laborers began joining their well-to-do neighbors on the fairway. Hatch, who has studied changing lifestyles of farmers in Fairlie, New Zealand, and near Paso Robles, Calif., is writing a book on the social history of rural communities. Hatch's reached conclusions through his discussion of stratification and social status and 'farmers' and 'workers', the two primary occupational groups, did not mix much. This may have reflected the decline in farm employment.

One notable feature of the local elite's social life was golf. The first golf club was formed in South Downs in 1906, when a ninehole course was laid out on the corner of a farm located very close to the township. The property was loaned to the club by a middling two-table family, who were also among the players; the links, a sheep paddock for most of the year, were transformed for play just before the golf season began. The grounds were shifted several times during the next few decades, and in the 1920s they were located on a corner of the property of one of the Parkinsons. Throughout most of this decade Bill and Adrian Thrower (from a one-table middling household) donated a week of their time each year to open the course, which included preparing the green and scything the rough. The links were busy with players every Saturday for the rest of the season.

Club membership was not restricted to elites, for the early members included the blacksmith (whose daughter married Charles Ladbrooke), the town librarian, and several farmers that no one thought of as toffs. Nevertheless, the two-table families dominated the club, and the game had very strong elite associations. As Adrian Thrower remarked, “My family always played golf, but they were almost on the outside looking in.” In an interview with a retired working man I made a comment about the rich people that used to live in the district, to which he replied: “And I can remember the day when the Parkinsons and all those used to go play golf. And the general run, no. And now everyone plays golf—there's no class distinction at all. It was said that the working class—I was a member of the working class—didn't play golf.” An elderly woman remarked that “at one time not a working person played golf—they all had their plus fours on.” A retired farmer said: “There was only a select few that used to play golf—the golf course used to be on the Parkinsons' property, part on the Freshneys' bottom paddock. Not everybody played golf. It was sort of something to belong to the golf club. You more or less had to be invited.”

This social life helped to define the elite in South Downs, and it is significant that the Freshneys and the Parkinsons, together with the Crawleys, Southwoods, and other middling two-table families, played a more central role in this circle of people than either Harry Donaldson or the McDonalds. Several one-table middling farmers were also included to an extent; for example, the Throwers were visible figures in the golf club, and the Ladbrookes attended such events as the garden parties at the Freshneys'. Nevertheless, the core of this social circle consisted of refined two-table farm families, both middling and wealthy.


Fairlie Golf Club -  a tree donated.

Timaru Herald, 10 November 1894, Page 3
The holiday-makers in South Canterbury had a beautiful summer morning to tempt them out of doors yesterday. A good many Timaru people took advantage of the special train service to get away for the day. About a hundred went to Christchurch for the Show by a special leaving at 7.20 a.m. At a quarter to nine a special train of eleven tarpaulin-topped trucks and a commissariat van started for Winchester, for the Navals picnic, the trucks being fairly filled. At nine a train left for Fairlie where sports were to be held. There were about three cars full of passengers; the Garrison Band being a large fraction of the whole. At 9.15 the Wesleyan Sunday School, with their pastor, and teachers left for the annual picnic at Seadown, filling eight seated trucks. At the same time that the trains were being despatched several three and four horse drags were traversing the streets picking up, parties for various picnic resorts, and numerous parties drove out to the Winchester gathering instead of going by train. The town Was very quiet all day, but Caroline Bay presented an animated scene all the afternoon. In the evening the railway station was lively when the holiday trains came in. Of the minor attractions in town the Golf ground and Trinity tennis ground were fairly patronitsed during the afternoon, but the weather was too, tropical for the players to thoroughly; enjoy such active games.

Timaru Herald, 30 November 1894, Page 2
The match for the presidents' trophy was played off by the local Golf Club yesterday and resulted in a win, for Mr James Ronaldson who did the 18 holes 92 strokes. Mr Ronaldson's handicap was 5 strokes, so that the round was nominally played in 87 strokes.

Timaru Herald, 7 September 1895, Page 3 SEASONAL CHANGES IN J. BALLANTYNE & COS.
Yesterday Messrs. J. Ballantyne and Co. invited the public to inspect their display of spring and summer materials and fashions at Victoria House, and as a result the premises were thronged all day. In the evening the windows were illuminated till 9 o'clock to give busier people an opportunity to see the excellent arrangement of first rate and novel goods there displayed, and there was almost constantly an admiring crowd in front of them. Lady devotees of golf are provided with appropriate costumes, and every variety of fine summer wear for ladies and children is displayed in profusion.

Barwoods, Easter Monday 2014 Fairlie Show 2014
Barwood Motors Ltd - a local livestock transportation firm and carrier sponsored a hole at the Fairlie Golf course, their business was across the road

Timaru Herald, 23 November 1895, Page 2
A foursome match will take place against Colonel Bogey by members of the Timaru Golf Club on Thursday next, the 28th inst. The following ladies and gentlemen take part in the match — Miss O'Brien and Mr Orbell v. Mrs Smithson and Mr P. Perry; Mrs Lindsay and Mr Smithson v. Miss L. O'Brien and Miss Hamilton ; Miss McLaren and Mr Higginbotham v. Mrs G. Rhodes and Mr Lindsay ; Miss Leech and Mr Gunn v. Mrs Turner and Mr Ferguson ; Mrs Foden and Mr Davies v. Miss Chisholm and Mr McFarlane; Mrs Howley and Mr Gray v. Mrs LeCren and Mr Perston. Afternoon tea will be provided by the ladies, and should the weather be fine, there should be a large attendance. Among the novelties are new tennis clothing, golf knickers and stockings— the latter calculated to double the golf club's membership— new straws m felt shapes and colours, and almost as flexible, club-colour hat bands to tie on, cashmere vests for the hot weather, and many new things in ties and scarves. For travellers nothing of the kind could be better than the Timaru rugs and the large stock of travelling bags.

Timaru Herald, 27 November 1894, Page 2
A lad named Anderson, aged 11, was hit on the left eye by a hard driven ball on the golf ground on Friday evening. The upper eyelid was cut, and it is feared that the boy will lose the sight of that eye.

Timaru Herald, 19 April 1895, Page 2
Several members of the Timaru Golf Club put in a good practice yesterday afternoon. The pavilion is found to be a great convenience, and is fitted with handy lockers wherein members can leave their clubs, etc. We hear that a return match with Oamaru on the links of the latter club is to be played at an early date.

Timaru Herald, 4 July 1895, Page 2
We learn that a small party of Timaru golfers accepted an invitation from Mr J. C. Thierens, junr., and visited the Otaio Estate on Monday last to try conclusions with the country votaries of golf. The links were excellent, and the country travelled over brought out all the best points of the players. The result of the game was a decisive win for the countrymen.

Timaru Herald, 22 July 1895, Page 2
The trophy presented by the president of the Timaru Golf Club for the best driving, was won by Mr Melville Gray, who made an aggregate of 444 yards in three drives.

Timaru Herald, 27 July 1895, Page 2
The annual meeting of the Timaru Golf Club was held at the Sophia Street Hall on Thursday evening. Major Bamfield, vice-president, was in the chair. The balance sheet showed a credit balance of £2 7s 11d. The treasurer's report showed that the Club had erected a pavilion during the year, which was absolutely free from debt. The roll of membership showed that there are 49 bona fide members of the Club, including 14 lady members. The officers for the year were re-elected as follows:— President, Mr W. S. Lindsay ; vice-president, Major Bamfield ; captain, Mr D. Davies ; treasurer, Mr W. Gunn ; secretary, Mr F. W. Wake. The following gentlemen were appointed as a committee of management:— Messrs. Ferguson, Gow, Hamilton and West. It was resolved that the financial year terminate on the 28th of February (in future), the annual meeting being held in the month of March. In consequence of this alteration the original members of the club will pay a half-year's subscription of half-a-guinea, and 1894 lady members, a half-year's subscription of four shillings. It was decided to construct a new dam at the southern extremity of the links, to obviate the necessity of caddies doing a retail trade in balls. Messrs. R. H. Ferguson, H. G. Wake, and Major Bamfield offered trophies to be competed for in the next three months, the scoring to be by holes. A vote of thanks to the president and captain, who had already given prizes, terminated the meeting.

Timaru Herald, 28 August 1895, Page 2
The ladies of the Timaru Golf Club have concluded their match for the captain's trophy. It was won by Miss G. O'Brien from scratch with 127 strokes, Mrs Lindsay proxime accessit. Mrs H. LeCren now gives a trophy for a handicap match for ladies, the match to be played by holes.

Timaru Herald 20 September 1895, Page 2
The final round for Mr R. H. Ferguson's trophy which was presented for competition among the members of the Timaru Golf Club, the competition having gone on for the last month or so, took place yesterday afternoon, Mr Perston meeting Mr Ferguson. The game was an excellent one, Mr Perston putting up a record by doing the first round in 39 and finally winning by three holes. Mr Ferguson was runner-up and Mr McGregor third man. The links are now almost daily engaged by those who are competing for Major Bamfield's trophy.

Timaru Herald, 4 March 1896, Page 2
The annual meeting of the Timaru Golf Club was held on Monday evening at the Mechanics' Institute. The following officers were appointed for this season:— President— Mr W. S. Lindsay ; vice-president, Major Bamfield ; captain, Mr Melville Gray; treasurer, Mr W. Gunn ; secretary, Mr K. G. Turner. The ground committee is to consist of Messrs. Gray, Perston, Higginbotham, and Ronaldson ; match committee, Messrs. Davis, Ronaldson, and Ferguson; general committee of management, Messrs. Ferguson, McLaren, and the officers. It was resolved to open the season on Thursday, the 12th March.

Timaru Herald, 13 March 1896, Page 2
The Timaru Golf Club had a most successful opening of the season yesterday, a great many ladies and gentlemen finding their way to the links in the course of the afternoon. The weather was fine, but at times rather cold; the players did not mind this ; but many of the visitors who hid no opportunity of swinging a club, felt the keen air a good deal. The play was ladies' and gentlemen's fours crats, and the form shown was in the majority of cases very fair. Delicious afternoon tea was dispensed m the pavilion by Mrs H. LeCren and Mrs Lindsay, and was very keenly appreciated. The links are in fine order just now, and judging by the numerous players the club starts the season with a record strength so far. The game is certainly a most interesting one, and with so many old votaries taking part in it, the club should soon have a very strong team.

Timaru Herald, 20 March 1897, Page 4 Magisterial.
Timaru — Friday, March 19th. (Before C. A . Wray, Esq., S.M.) CYCLING ON THE FOOTPATHS.
C. A. Jefferson was charged with riding a bicycle on a footpath and pleaded guilty. Sergeant Fraser called Constable Rings, who stated that he was told off for special duty from 5 to 9 p.m. on the 10th inst. He went to the suburban streets on horseback, and saw defendant riding along the footpath on the south side of North Street. That footpath is outside the Borough, on the outer side of the belt. Saw him first about, 500 yards away, walked his horse till they met, and defendant, was riding on the footpath all the way.
Defendant said the evidence was generally correct, but the constable had an elongated idea of distance. He was not on the footpath more than three chains, and there was no one in sight walking on it. He went on the footpath at Hamilton's corner to go to the golf ground.
His Worship: I suppose you don't deny that it is a footpath ?
Defendant: I do not know how a footpath is defined.
His Worship : A footpath is the portion of a road reserved for the use of foot passengers.
Witness: This path is separated from the road by a channel.
His Worship: You bring the charge under subsection 2 of section 3 of the Police Offences Act, I suppose : " Rides or drives, or wheels any truck, barrow, or carnage of any kind upon or along any public footpath."
Sergeant Fraser : A bicycle is a vehicle, a carriage, because a person is carried by it.
His Worship: I should like a definition of it ; there is no definition of " carriage" here. It may come under the definition "carriage of any kind."
Sergeant Fraser: I think so. It is called a bicycle, still it is a carriage. Even a perambulator is a carriage.
His Worship: We must get a dictionary and see what the definition of a carriage is.
Mr Hay, solicitor, who happened to be in Court, said— if he might interfere as amicus curie, - there were English cases in which a bicycle had been held to be a carriage. On the other hand Scotch courts had held that it is not a carriage, any more than a pair of skates.
His Worship said that the Borough bylaws specially provide against - riding bicycles on footpaths. He thought that in Christchurch and other Courts bicycles had been treated as carriages. Did defendant wish to raise this objection?
Defendant: Certainly.
His Worship: Then we shall have to adjourn the case until we see the case Mr Hay mentions. I think you will find it is a carriage. : The case was thereupon adjourned till next day.

Timaru Herald, 23 February 1898, Page 4
The annual general meeting of the Timaru Golf Club was held m the hall of the Mechanics Institute last evening. Mr S. F. Smithson, president, occupied the chair, and there was a good attendance of members. Mr W. Gunn, the honorary treasurer; presented the annual statement of accounts, the adoration of which was moved by the president and carried unanimously. The club had handled between £50 and £60 during the year, the finances generally -were as the chairman stated m a satisfactory state, and there was a creditable balance to start the year with. Mr Smithson was unanimously re-elected president. It was unanimously carried that it be a recommendation to the general committee to endeavour to have the putting greens fenced. It was understood that the fencing was to be cattle proof, and various suggestions were made as to how this should be done. The election of officers was then taken— Mr W. 8,. McLaren was elected vice president, Mr Melville Gray captain, Mr R. C. Tennent hon. treasurer, and Mr K. G. Turner re-elected hon. secretary (Mr Turner expressed a sincere wish to be relieved of the duty, but no other gentleman would act, and Mr Turner at last said that he would act for this year only, a decision which was received with applause.

Timaru Herald, 10 February 1899, Page 2
The annual meeting of the Timaru Golf Club was held in the Mechanics' Institute Hall last evening. After disposing of routine business the following officers were elected for the new season :— President, Mr S. F. Smithson; vice-president, Mr W. Callender; captain, Mr R. Sommerville; hon. treasurer. Mr R. C. Tennent; hon. secretary, Mr W. J. Cotterill; general committee, the officers of the club and Messrs. McLaren and Stewart; ground and handicapping committee, Messrs. Sommerville and Jefferson. It was decided to lay the links off with a six hole course. The links will probably be ready for play in a fortnight, and the opening day be held on Thursday, 23rd March.


Another flat course. Gary played his while wife and son, Kevin, walked the Benmore Peninsula track.

Timaru Herald, 13 February 1900, Page 3
The annual meeting of the Timaru Golf Club was held m the Mechanics' Institute Hall last evening. There was a fair attendance, Mr Stewart presiding in the absence of the president, Mr S. F. Smithson. The report and balance sheet presented showed a cash balance of £4 0s Id in the bank ; assets stood at £41 13s 1d, with liabilities £1 13s. The club had played six matches, of which they had lost four and won two. Mr Perston had won the championship and Mr Johnson the president's prize. New members were elected as follows :— Messrs. Bristol, B. A. Wright, H. Wright, R. L. Banks, A. McLean, and Dr Gabites. Officers of the club were elected for the ensuing season as follows :—President, Mr S. F. Smithson (re-elected) ; vice-president, Mr C. Perry ; captain, Mr R. Sommerville (re-elected) ; treasurer, Mr R. C. Tennent (re-elected) ; secretary, Mr Cotterill (re-elected) ; general committee, Messrs. W. R. McLaren, Stewart, and M. J. Knubley ; ground committee and handicappers, Messrs. Sommerville and Jefferson (reelected). The chairman said that proposals would be laid before the meeting to erect a separate building for the gentlemen, for about £25, and the old pavilion be retained for the use of the ladies. Some of the lockers would be removed from the old pavilion to the new. He proposed that the building be erected. Mr Knubley seconded the motion, which was carried. It was resolved that it be a recommendation that members surrender their lockers on the new pavilion being erected. The chairman reported that the committee had affiliated the Club to the New Zealand Golf Council, and Mr N. F. Perston was their representative on the Council. The ladies had resolved to separate from the Club and form a Club of their own, and were to pay 7s per member per annum. The actions of the committee were confirmed; Rules submitted by the committee were considered, and the meeting closed.

Timaru Herald, 27 February 1900, Page 2
We have been requested to call the attention of the local Board of Health - a filthy pool in the golf ground, the stagnant and stinking water in which— derived from the drainage of North street— appears to be the only drinking water of a number of cows. Whether these cows are milked for the supply of the town we do not know, but in any case the water is not fit for cows to drink. The attention of the Board should also be drawn (if the Borough Council does not attend to it) to the decidedly insanitary state of the channel in North street east of the Main School.

Star 25 May 1909, Page 3
A team from Shirley visited Timaru on Saturday, and played a match against the local club, on Monday, on the Highfield links. These were in excellent order. The hospitality of the Timaru club was highly appreciate. The match ended in a win for Timaru. The following are the scores, the Christchurch players being mentioned first in each instance : — Singles—
H. E. Wright v. F. Barker 0,
C. K. Sams 0 v. P. Wright 1,
A. M. Borthwick 1 v. Sometville 0,
P. Trolove 1 v. Tasker 0,
A. W. Humphreys 0 v. N. K. Cox 1,
C. P. Mackley 0 v. A. L. Marshall 1,
S. L. Thompson 0 v. P. Perry 1,
B. Douglas 0 v. Mannering 1,
F. L. Nancarrow 0 v. Kempthorne 1,
F. Barns3 0 v. Seymour 1; totals, Christchurch 3, Timaru 7.
Foursomes — Wright and Borthwick 1 v. Barker and Wright 0,
Sams and Mackley 0 v. Somerville and Tasker 1,
Trolove and Humphreys 0 v. Mannering and Cox 1
Nancarrow and Thompson 0 v. Perry and Marshall 1,
Douglas and Barns. 0 v. Kempthorne end Seymour 1 totals, Christchurch 1 Timaru 4.

Evening Post, 23 February 1926, Page 12
22nd February. The Timaru professional golf championship was played here to-day, on the Highfield links. The weather and all other conditions were good. There were fifteen competitors. J. M'Intosh (Hutt), winner of the Otago professional championship, was disqualified for playing his opponent's ball. The winner was A. J. Shaw (Wellington), with a card of 73 for the first round and 75 for the second. G. Ritchie (New Plymouth) had the next best card, 76 and 76; and next in order was G. B. Forrest (Timaru), 78 and 75. The winner's afternoon card showed: Out: 445353344—35 in, 435356545—10. His morning card read: Out, 444432445-34; in, 535455544—40.

Evening Post, 7 August 1926, Page 22
B. V. Wright, the South Canterbury champion, has lowered his previous record of 69 on the Highfield links, done in the first round of the club championship on 4th July, 1924, by two strokes. He played faultless golf, as the figures themselves show, but had trouble at the last hole, where he pulled his second, and then played a bad mashie, the hole costing him 6. A 4 would have given him a perfect 65. His latest card has only once been beaten at Highfield by J. Kirkwood six years ago.

links- golf course

Evening Post, 25 June 1927, Page 22
Harry Manning, a very well-known and prominent: member of the Hutt Club, Wellington; made a name for himself on the Highfield links at Timaru by holing the fourth hole in one.

Evening Post 19 June 1926, Page 22
There was a record entry at the King's Birthday tournament of the Timaru Golf Club, which included the South Canterbury championship event. The games were played at the Highfield links, and the conditions were all that could have been wished for. The youthful B. V. Weight was again the outstanding golfer of the tournament, winning the championship for 1926 with the very fine aggregate score of 153. In the morning he went round in 81, and in the afternoon round he rose to great heights and handed in the splendid score of 72. This is the best amateur performance ever put up on the Highfield links. In the morning the greens were affected by the heavy frost, or it is probable that the young champion would have improved on his 81. H. E. Wright, an ex-member of the Christchurch Golf Club, was runner-up, with an aggregate score of 166 thirteen strokes behind the winner. He is a 2 handicap player.

Evening Post, 23 February 1928, Page 9 GOLF.
Timaru, 22nd February. The New Zealand professional golf tournament opened on the Highfield links today in dull weather, with a light rain falling before noon. Conditions in the afternoon were ideal. The course was in splendid order, but the games were on the fiery side. There are fourteen competitors from all parts of New Zealand, and keen interest is shown in the tournament. The standard of play in the opening match was not high, only three or four good scores being made in the first stroke handicap. In the afternoon play was much better, and the spectators treated to an exhibition of high-class golf. Though most of the competitors had a try-out the previous day, some appeared unable to accommodate themselves to the links. Two events were concluded to-day. A. J. Shaw (Napier), open champion in 1926, was right off his game in the morning, and failed to pick up in the afternoon. F. Branch (Hamilton) played above his usual form in the bogey handicap, but fell Tight away in the' stroke handicap. J. Forrest (Dunedin) gave two consistent displays, and got into the prize list in both events. J. R. Galloway (Palmerston North) was unable to strike form in the early part of the day, but gave a brilliant exhibition in the afternoon. G. B. Forrest (Timaru), playing on his own course, was well up in the morning play, but failed to maintain top form in the stroke handicap. To-morrow the South Canterbury championship, the Myers Challenge Cup, and second stroke handicap will be played concurrently. The third and fourth rounds of the championship will be played on Friday, and also the third and fourth stroke, handicap. To-day's results are as follow: — Highfield Bogey Handicap (18 holes).— V. Branch (Hamilton), 1 up; B. J. Smith (Akaranal, 4 up; J. Forrest (Dunedin), 2 up; G. B. Forrest (Timaru), 1 up; J. Lambie (Wellington), all square; B. Stratmore (Wellington), all square. First Stroke Handicap (18 holes).—J. R. Galloway (Palmerston North), 77; J. A. Clements (Christchurch), 73; J. Forrest (Dunedin), 74; R. L. Butters (Miramar, 75; G. W. Melvin (Wellington), 7G; G. B. Forrest (Timaru). 76. Double Honors To R. L. Butters. The Annual Professional Tournament, arranged by the New Zealand Golf Council, was, this year, held on the Highfield links on February 23, 24 and 25. The final for the championship was fought out between A.J. Shaw and Butters. There was little to choose .between them and very few mistakes were made until the pair reached the 17th. Shaw was in the lead, but a faulty approach failed to reach the green. Butters was nicely on, and proceeded to sink a 20 yard putt, Shaw taking two putts. Butters now led by one stroke with a hole to go and the excitement was intense. Both played this last hole well and had 6 yard putts for 4's. Shaw holed out in fine style and the gallery held its breath as Butters took his line. He was quite equal to the occasion and holed a perfect putt.

Evening Post, 30 November 1934, Page 11
Timaru, November 29, The American professional golfer Gene Sarazen, who is touring the Dominion, played in an exhibition fourball match with the Highfield professional G. B. Forest against E. A. Scott and J. L. Mackay on the Highfield links today. Though Sarazen's score for the round was not as good as expected, his total being 73, one stroke more than bogey for the course, he gave the gallery a sample of first-class golf. The match finished all square, but the best medal round was returned by Mackay, who went, round in 71. Scott, the Timaru Club champion, returned a card of 72 and Forest took 75.

Albatross - Three under par (−3); also called a double eagle in the U.S. The first famous albatross was made by Gene Sarazen in 1935 on the 15th hole at Augusta National Golf Club during the final round of the Masters Tournament.

 

NZ Truth 8 March 1928, Page 14
For the enlightenment of beginners, the directions for computing par are as follows:
Holes up to 250 yards inclusive — par 3
Holes up to 251 to 445 yards inclusive — par 4
Holes 446 to 600 yards inclusive — par 5
Par means perfect play without flukes and under ordinary weather conditions, always allowing two strokes on each putting green. The above figures are not arbitrary, because some allowance should be made for the configuration of the ground and any other difficult or unusual conditions. So also should be considered the severity of the hazards, especially so; on a hole where par is doubtful. Each hole should be measured from the middle of the tee to the middle of the green, following an air line as nearly as possible. Working on the above lines, it is only a matter of time before bogey will cease to appear on the score-1 card. It should go now, for the object of every golfer is to go round the course in perfect figures. Bogey is not perfect. We have had bogey long enough; we now demand something better — and par fills the bill. Golf is making rapid strides throughout the world and the fame of the club which has the ; courage to dislodge bogey from its score-card and instal par in its place will live in the golfing world for ever. Is there not a club in the Dominion which will take this step? New Zealand clubs have the opportunity to give the world a lead. NINE HOLES After reading all about par, glance over these nine holes: 353333353 — 31. These are the first nine holes J. Clements rattled up during the pro. tournament at Timaru. He ought to frame that card and give it a place of honor in his shop. "Truth" wonders if Jim was exceptionally brilliant or — ?.

bogey - score of one stroke over par on a hole.

Evening Post, 11 January 1935, Page 13 British Golfers
Local opponents at the Highfield links (Canterbury) chose niblicks for their tee shots at the eleventh. Hon. Michael Scott was through the green -with a mashie. Bourn pushed his tee shot out of, bounds, and when he was handed a new ball for his second shot from the tee, it was wrapped in paper, and he remarked: "They go better with the paper on," and teed it up and played the ball out of the wrapper to a handy position near the pin. The incident created considerable amusement among the gallery.  

mash·ie - a club with an iron head, the face having more slope than a mashie iron but less slope than a mashie niblick.
nib·lick  - a club with an iron head, the face of which has the greatest slope of all the irons, for hitting the ball with maximum loft.

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Grand Vue, golf course, Geraldine. It is not a flat course, a bit slippery when wet.  

Orbell Cup 
The Orbell Cup golf challenge between Christchurch and Timaru clubs held at Shirley, Christchurch

Star 7 August 1906, Page 1 The Canterbury Times
Golf match — Christchurch versus Timaru. A prettily arranged composite set of camera flashes of the play on the Highfield Links, Timaru, in the contest for the Orbell Cup.

Otago Witness 5 June 1907, Page 65
The Orbell Cup match was played on the Timaru Links this week, but the result has not yet been made known here. Those of the Shirley Club who went down to take part in the match were Misses Harley, Cowlishaw, Campbell, Symes. Rutherford, and Cracroft Wilson, and we are hoping that the cup may come north.

Otago Witness 16 September 1908, Page 57
The Timaru Club, which has challenged Otago for the Orbell Cup, is sending down its full strength, including A. L. Marshall, T. W. Lynch W. R. M'Laren. C. T. H. Perry, F. Tasker, V. C. Wright, and F. L. Barker. The Timaru Club were the original holders of the Orbell Cup, and after withstanding an onslaught by the Christchurch Club, succumbed to Otago, which club has since managed to hold the coveted trophy.

Otago Witness 9 June 1909, Page 67
The Christchurch Club has made three unsuccessful attempts to gain possession of the much-coveted Orbell Cup — once against Timaru, the original holders, and twice against Otago, who wrested it from Timaru the first season it was presented for competition. The conditions under which the Cup is played for are all in favour of the holders, as they not only have the advantage of playing on their own links, but are, as a general rule, enabled to put their strongest team in the field, whereas, as in the majority of cases, a visiting team is short of one or more of its strongest players. The scoring is by holes, six ladies and six gentlemen constituting the team. Singles matches are played in the morning and mixed foursomes in the afternoon. In their latest attempt Christchurch was badly beaten by the local club, and at present it looks as if this handsome trophy will remain in the possession of the Balmacewen players for some time. Otago won the Singles by 50 holes to 4, and the Foursomes by 17 to 3—67 to 7. Thus having a margin of 60 holes at the finish.

Evening Post, 25 September 1926, Page 22
"Pip" Wright (of Timaru), who has been playing a great game right through the season, again demonstrated his ability in the matches for the Orbell Cup, when he defeated Ewan MacFarlane, New Zealand open champion, by 2 up. MacFarlane has been slightly off his game of late, but nevertheless the performance of Wright was an excellent one.

The Bristol cup is one of the most sought after South Canterbury golfing club trophies and was bequeathed by sporting benefactor Alfred Bristol in 1912.

Ladies' golf

Star 30 July 1906, Page 3
A team from the Christchurch Ladies' Golf Club visited Timaru on Friday last and played a match against ladies on the Timaru Golf Club on the Highfield links. The Christchurch ladies were the guests of the Timaru ladies. After a keenly-contested game the match resulted in a draw. The scores were: — Timaru — Miss Sealy 7, Miss L. Revell 7, Miss Mendelson 5, Mrs Costello 7, Miss Howley 9, Mrs Cox 7, Miss Buchanan 9; total 61. Christchurch— Miss Campbell 8 Miss Wilson 7, Miss Symes 11, Miss Rutherford 6, Mrs Campbell 4, Mrs Pyne 7, Miss Denniston 8; total 51.

Feilding Star, 28 October 1920, Page 1
Timaru, October 27. Playing on the Highfield links today against Miss N. E. Wright, the New Zealand lady champion, Kirkwood, who was in fine form, put up a record for the course, going round the 18 holes in 66. The bogey is 79, and P. Wright held the previous record in 72.

Evening Post, 18 May 1929, Page 11 Ladies Golf
Timaru, This Day. Playing in beautiful weather on the Highfield Links to-day, Miss Beadel defeated Mrs. Bannerman in the contest for the South Canterbury Ladies' Golf Championship, 3 and 2. The Highfield Vase competition resulted in a win for Miss M. Tizard who defeated Mrs E A. Scott. 6 and 5.

Evening Post, 11 October 1932, Page 12
Timaru, 10th October. The place-getters in the Challenge Bowl medal fortunately got an early start and completed their rounds before the rain came on. The greatest interest during the day centred in the morning match between Miss Jean Horwell, champion of the Timaru Club, and Mrs. Templer, who held the Dominion title in 1919 arid 1920. After the first five holes Mrs. Templer was 3 up, but the younger player reduced the lead to 1 up at the turn, and squared the match at the next hole. She lost two in succession later, however, due to faulty putting, and was 1 down at the seventeenth. The last was halved, giving Mrs. Templer the match, 1 up. Mrs. Templer's experience stood her in good stead. Participation in the tournament should do the younger player a lot of good. A surprise win was the defeat of Miss M. Beadel by Miss S. Watson after Miss Beadel's sensational win over the titleholder, Miss B. Gaisford, the previous day. Miss Beadel was expected to. go through to the fourth round, but she did not reproduce yesterday's form, lacking the brilliance she showed in the short game to beat Miss Gaisford. Miss Watson played up to her reputation as a fine iron player, and secured a meritorious win by sinking a loft putt for a 3 on the home green. Miss Barns-Graham had a hard fight against Mrs. Russell Grace, the game going to' the nineteenth hole. Miss Barns- Graham is playing good golf, and may find her way into the final. Miss Rutherford and Miss Kerr hail a keen struggle, over the first eleven holes, where they were all square. Miss Rutherford then took three holes in succession, due to lapses on the greens by her opponent. Mrs. Kerr won the sixteenth, making Miss Rutherford and Mrs. Kerr lost a great chance for a win at the next when she put her third over the boundary fence. Mrs. Collinson was fully extended to defeat Mrs. Dodgshun, who held the Dominion title in 1925 and 1929. Both gave fine exhibitions of driving, but their play through the green was hardly up to championship standard. Mrs. Collinson's win was fully deserved. The wins in the other - matches were fairly comfortable. The Ladies' Golf Union bowl match in the afternoon was won by Miss O. Smith, of Napier, with a net score of 73. Mrs. Lambert, of Ashburton, was runner-up with a net 75. Miss G. Browne, of Christchurch, also had a net 75. The best cards were:
A Division.
Mrs. McCarthy (Dunedin) 84-5—70
Mrs. E. G. Kerr (Timaru) .... 89-10—79)
Mrs. Grant (Timaru) 92-10—82
Mrs. W. A. SCott (Timaru) .... 89-7—82
Miss O. Kay ; 81-plus 2-83
Miss B. Gaisford 83-scr—83
Miss N. Morrish. (Rangiora) .. 93-10—33
The prize for the best net score in the division which did not win the Bowl (A division) goes to Mrs. McCarthy, whose score over the last nine holes was better than that of Mrs. Kerr, whose net figure for the round was the same. The prize for the best gross score goes to Miss Kay, 81. Miss Kay. also leads in the Mellsop Cup, which she has held since 1926. Her total for the two rounds is 162. Mrs. Dodgshun is next with 167. The final round of this cup will be played to-morrow. The Teams Match also takes place tomorrow.

Highfield

Otago Witness 29 March 1905, Page 54
The Timaru Golf Club to-day formally opened the new links, about a mile and a-half from town. They comprise picturesque country, and the varied contour makes them the hardest links in the colony. The Championship meeting will be held here three years hence, by which time the new links should be in first-rate order. A motor bus service to the vicinity was promised in the opening speeches.

Evening Post, 28 April 1939, Page 20
Timaru, April 27. G. A. Ussher, who entered the semifinals of the New Zealand amateur golf championships at Balmacewan last year and who was runner-up in the South Island championships at Invercargill recently, established an unofficial record on the Highfield course with 65. The previous record was 66, held by J. Kirkwood and B. V. Wright, now of Roxburgh.

Timaru Herald 12/09/2009
Highfield Golf Club to celebrate 50th birthday
Alf Woodall knows plenty when it comes to the Highfield Golf Club as he has been around for 49 of its 50 years. The 76-year-old will be part of the club's jubilee celebrations this weekend, with former players from all over New Zealand attending. Woodall has seen the transformation from a "rough" 12- hole course to a top inner-city course. "It was pretty hairy at the start; if you got in one of the dongas you'd never get out." Woodall started playing with a couple of hickory-shafted clubs borrowed from his father-in-law. At his best he got down to a 10 but now plays off a 19. Selwyn Read, a member for 46 years, said it was a great club to be involved with. While many of the stories couldn't be retold he was happy to drop himself in it with one. "I was holidaying in Christchurch in a caravan and came back for the annual tournament but I was a day late. "It was the quickest trip back to Christchurch ever. I was so annoyed as I was the defending champion." Another long-time member, Arthur Dawes said he has had one or two close escapes over 45 years with the club. One that many who have played the 18th may be familiar with was a wayward drive headed towards the adjacent Timaru Town and Country Club. "I was waiting for the crack but it hit the concrete pillar between the windows." Dawes is one of the real workers at the club, as well. The 72-year-old spends every Tuesday on the course tidying it up. In fact, the volunteers play a big part in keeping the club going. The celebrations will christen a new outdoor bar leaner and seats made by Ray "Greenie" Grant, who used an old pine tree felled on the course to create the piece of art.

The Highfield Golf Club is set to celebrate its jubilee of `inner city golf'. The club is hoping to attract former members from all over New Zealand to their 50-year celebrations in early October. The main event would be a pairs stableford competition but other festivities are also planned. Wednesday, October 7, there would be a nine-hole game played for both men and women. "It will be followed by an afternoon tea, which is an opportunity for those no longer playing golf but wish to catch up with friends and past members." The final of the men's club championships was being played on the Sunday. The course was originally used by the Timaru Golf Club before it moved out to Levels. After its departure, some two dozen golfers banded together to form the Highfield Golf Club and Graham Foote was elected president. Highfield started with only 12 holes as the council had sold some of the land on Lindsay St that had been previously been used and their clubrooms were on the south side of Douglas St. At one stage the club became so popular, it had to close its membership for a period. In 1970 it returned to 18 holes and today has about 200 members. Over the 50 years it has been extensively developed, with improved drainage making it a far more attractive course to play on. South Canterbury's best-known golfer, John Lister, learned to play on it. Those who belong to the club rate it one of the best in the country. "If you can play Highfield, you can play anywhere, it's got everything." Another attraction is its location, in the heart of Timaru. "It's certainly handy and the people are really friendly." Years ago the annual subscription was only $16. while the golf was important, so were the people and Highfield was renowned for its hospitality. "Our proximity to the camping ground has also been a bonus over the summer, with many visitors taking up the opportunity to play." The was also an alternative 18-hole course on the flat for those who didn't fancy the hill.  


June 2012. The club house is in the background with one golfer to the right. The house on the right is on the lower end of Douglas St.


Highfield Golf Club Nov. 1962 Whites Aviation Collection, ATL. 

 

2011

Stableford - a scoring system in which points are awarded according to the number of strokes taken at each hole, whereby a hole completed in one stroke over par counts as one point, a hole completed in level par counts as two points, etc.

Gleniti Golf Club

Shillito, George Archibald, b 1907 (Creator) History of Gleniti Golf Club, Timaru 1971 Typescript. 81pgs. Traces the development of the club from its foundation and records title winners etc.

Merger may be way to get clubs out of the rough 03/03/2009 Timaru Herald
Working together: Gleniti Golf Club president Gary Gabites hopes a merger can save his club. Two of Timaru's biggest golf clubs are looking at a merger as tough times hit the golf industry. Gleniti Golf Club's committee is looking at the option of joining forces with Timaru Golf Club after a proposal was put forward to address declining membership and adopt cost-cutting measures. Gleniti club president Gary Gabites said the club had been discussing options, but the sale of the 38-hectare Oakwood Rd course would be highly unlikely because of the high cost of redeveloping the recreational-zoned land. The golf course land has a capital value of $1.7 million and a land value of $1.07 million. Mr Gabites said Gleniti was one of a number of clubs in the country which faced problems as membership declined. He considered both clubs could benefit from a merger with improvements to facilities and cheaper membership fees. "The problem with golf in New Zealand is that there are too many golf courses.  "There are still many people playing but they haven't got the money, inclination or time to be running the club," Mr Gabites said. "There is also the issue of an ageing population." Timaru Golf Club president Lindsay Hewitson refused to comment on the merger proposal when contacted. The streamlining proposal comes after a number of cost issues and financial problems struck Highfield Golf Club 18 months ago. The Timaru District Council threw Highfield a financial lifeline and agreed to contribute $15,000 annually towards maintaining the course's storm water culverts. In 2006, then Highfield club president Robert Vincent said the cost of running the golf club was beyond the existing membership. The club had previously approached the Town and Country Club in an attempt to join forces, but that offer had been rejected due to costs and conflicting interests. Highfield Golf Club president John Cannell said he had noticed a change in the golfing fraternity. "People don't have the time like they used to because of variable hours." He said nine-hole courses were increasing in popularity as they offered players faster games, but people now had so many opportunities to participate in other sports. New Zealand has the second highest number of golf courses per capita in the world with 419. Scotland has 543 courses for more than five million people. The average New Zealand green fee for non-affiliated members is $24, while for affiliated members it is $18. 

Timaru Herald 31/03/2009
Merger of golf clubs put on hold
Plans to merge two of Timaru's biggest golf clubs have been put on hold, with reports of membership numbers holding up. The Gleniti Golf Club had looked at the option of joining forces with the Timaru Golf Club, after a proposal from the Levels club suggested the option as a way to address declining membership and adopt cost-cutting measures. Gleniti club president Gary Gabites said the club had discussed the option of merging, although a decision had been made to stay put and focus on the positives. "Membership is holding up. A merger is not going to happen in the foreseeable future." Mr Gabites had previously said the club was facing problems with declining membership and a merger had been considered to improve facilities and create cheaper membership. Timaru Golf Club president Lindsay Hewitson said he intended meeting Mr Gabites and declined to comment further on a possible merger.
    The Highfield Golf Club was hit by financial problems 18 months ago when the Timaru District Council agreed to contribute $15,000 annually towards maintaining the course's stormwater culverts. In 2006, then Highfield club president Robert Vincent said the cost of running the club was beyond the existing membership. The club had previously approached the Timaru Town and Country Club in an attempt to join forces, but that offer was rejected.

Places in the Heart.
One place I don't sit down but where I regularly stop just to soak up the surrounds is three-quarters of the way down the 17th hole at the Gleniti golf course. Off to the right is the sea, to which I'm strangely drawn, despite having the swimming ability of a couch. In the distance to the left are the Southern Alps, and below them a smaller mountain range I should know the name of which, when covered in snow, is striking. In front and below is the green, beyond which the ground falls away quickly only to steadily rise again into more mountains in a cascade of colour and shade. So I stop among all this and I say, sometimes out loud, "hell, it's good to be alive". Oh, one more thing about this place. Just to the left of the green is a pond surrounded by trees. In the pond is my ball. But I don't care.  

Timaru Golf Club 

The Timaru Golf Club new Kotuka course was officially opened on Saturday 10th October 1959 at 2 p.m. with putting and approaching competitions. Afternoon tea was served at 3 p.m. Turn-off at signpost on Temuka Highway. (First road after Weeber's Service Station in 1959) Score card

Timaru Golf Club
President: A.D. Reid
Vice-president: H.N. Dyne
Immediate Past President: R.J. Carleton
Captain: D.W. Moyes
Committee:
F.P. Fogarty
J.B. Forrest (Barry)
N.C. Martin
D.L. Philip
B. Watson
Secretary: E.H. Bray 
Ladies Golf Club
President: Mrs J.W.G. Wilson
Vice-President: Mrs A.F. Ellis
Captain: Mrs I.D. James
Committee:
Mrs E.H. Bray
Mrs N.A. Keely
Mrs W.G. Kenealy
Mrs J.L. Ferrier
Miss M. Stewart
Secretary: Mrs C.E. Hassall  

 

John Malcolm Lister (born Temuka  9 March 1947), the professional golfer from New Zealand. Had 15 top-10 finishes during his 12 years on the PGA Tour Stats
Nov. 1976 – John Lister wins PGA Tour Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open; first-place prize money – $30,000


Once upon a time hickory shafts were replaced by steel. The golf ball evolved from a wooden ball to a leather one to one made from rubber and to the modern dimpled ball we play today. The Gene Sarazen-designed sand wedge changed bunker play forever. If, as in the past, the distance to be gotten with the ball continues to increase, it will be necessary to go to 7500 and even 8000 yard courses and more yards means more acres to buy, more course to construct, more fairway to maintain and more money to fork out." I’m not advocating we go back to using hickory-shafted golf clubs. But winding back the technology in a golf ball would be a good start."


"If he was any cooler he would freeze to death"

Timaru Herald, 19 December 1916, Page 7 MR ALEXANDER FERREER HAMILTON.
Mr Alexander Ferrier Hamilton, who for over 24 years has been the manager of the Timaru Branch of the National Bank of New Zealand, died on Sunday, at the age of 69- Mr Hamilton was born in Edinburgh. At the age of 17 he entered the service of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Four years later he qualified as an actuary and joined the staff of the Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China, in London. In 1873 Mr Hamilton came to New Zealand as a member of the staff of the National Bank of New Zealand. He was for some time accountant in the inspector's office at Wellington, and subsequently at Christchurch. He was appointed manager at Napier and later assistant manager at Dunedin and afterwards manager at Nelson, and in 1892 he was appointed manager at Timaru. During his residence in Timaru Mr Hamilton took a warm interest in agricultural and pastoral matters, and was instrumental in starting the Timaru Golf Club.

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