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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Photo of the
month Dog Kennel Corner, half way
between Burkes Pass and Lake Tekapo.
Extracts for The The Press written by R.R. Beauchamp.
A traveller from Burkes Pass to Lake Tekapo climbs the Long Cutting, pauses to admire the wide brown, sunlit Mackenzie plains that lie before him, reads the inscription that T.D. Burnett wrote on the Burke's Monument, and embarking again in bus or car, sets out for Tekapo. He coasts down a mile of gentle slope with tussock hills of Sawdon Station on the one hand and Rollesby on the other. Where the main road curves to the right fairly sharply there is on the left a turning to The Grampains, Grays Hills, Haldon and Black Forest Station. The corner used to be an awkward one in the days of the old shingle road. That is Dog Kennel Corner. In the early station days the road formed the boundary between Sawdon and Rollesby. When, in the 70s wire fences began to take place of the old boundary rider a patient dog was tethered and kennelled here. Local names were likes milestones of older civilisations. The bullocky who struggled back on foot to the warmth of the Burkes Pass Hotel and reported his wagon bogged down between the Long Cutting and Dog Kennel Corner, or just beyond Dead Man's Creek, had pin-pointed the scene of his misfortunate for those going the same way. You might think that the thirteen miles between Burkes Pass and the Tekapo Hotel were not particularly rich in local history. But you would be wrong.
In early times before these roads were fenced a boundary keeper dog was kennelled here to hold back station sheep. NZ Historic Places plaque.
After leaving 'The Pass' there was the cemetery, a mile out on the left hand side. Here, from the earliest days, the inhabitants of the Mackenzie Country, as they fell from horses, slipped over mountain bluffs, were drowned in crossing rivers or on rare occasion died in their beds, were laid to rest. Then comes the Long Cutting. The little stream on the right gave up many a billy or hatful of water to cool a boiling radiator. 'How did you get on at the Long Cutting?' they would ask as the Model T chugged safely into the homestead yard at Richmond or The Wolds, Braemar or Mount Cook Station. From Dog Kennel Corner the road runs straight and level for six miles. This was Sawdon Flat - no place to be caught in a winter blizzard. Halfway along this stretch a small creek crosses the road - Dead Man's Creek. In 1876 a shepherd died there of exposure and was found sometime later with his dog beside him, a supply of wekas caught and laid out against the time his master should wake up. Before the recent road improvements the road rounded the southern spur of Mount Edward and dipped steeply down to Edward's Creek, and this as everybody knows, is Whisky Cutting. In the 90s when Mr and Mrs Annis had the hotel at Tekapo, a dray bringing up the Christmas supplies of liquor for thirsty Mackenzie shearers got out of control and capsized over the edge of the cutting. In those days whiskey did not travel in well crated bottles but in two gallon stone jars. In the 30s may fragments of brown stone jars were found by Beauchamp, when he still had Mount Edward run.
The Long Cutting, April 2014.
Edward Stream, April 2014.
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