Sheep in the Southern Division - South Canterbury, New Zealand

The modern 'Appendices' (AJHR), annual reports of government department presented to Parliament, do not have the vast amount of genealogical material which is in the 19th century version. The 'Return of sheepowners' appeared in the Appendices from about the 1878 to the 1920s. The sheepowners are listed alphabetically within their counties.

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1886 Session I, H-08
Mr. B. P. Bayly to the Hon. the Colonial Secretary. Sir, Colonial Secretary's Office (Stock Branch), Wellington, 14th May, 1886. I have the honour to lay before you the annual sheep returns for the year ending the 31st May, 1885. The annual sheep returns for the year ending the 31st May, 1885. The total number of sheep in the colony on that date was 14,546,801, as against 13,978,520, or an increase of 568,281, on return of the previous year. In the several districts the increase or decrease during the year has been as follows Canterbury, increase, 331,213; Otago, increase, 97,540. Although the effects of the rabbit-pest have been severely felt during the past season, yet returns show in Otago an increase of 97,540 sheep for the year. Last year I drew the attention of the Government to the kea-question; and from personal inquiry this year, together with information derived from other sources, I am distinctly of opinion that a special subsidy should be allowed for the destruction of these birds. They are making their appearance in localities where previously they were unknown, and in some places are committing ravages that seem almost incredible. I heard of one instance of over two hundred sheep being destroyed in one lot. I would recommend that a sum of 500 be specially appropriated for their destruction. This might be expended in a bonus of 2s. per beak, and would represent five thousand birds. The sheepowners are only too willing to subscribe as well; and by offering a strong inducement a wholesale destruction of this pest should ensue. The kea being of nocturnal habits, and its habitat being in the high and mountainous country, mostly on waste lands of the Crown, its destruction is no easy matter, and, being attended with a certain amount of risk, is one that men will not undertake unless they can earn good wages.

An old ewe with twins on kale. Twin lambs born 21 July 2008, Lyalldale, South Canterbury.

Sheepowner Returns 1879 - 1880 - 1881 Geraldine
Waimate County Sheepowners Returns 


Timaru Herald
5 November 1879, page 6
Timaru Herald, 1 November 1879, Page 2

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project