Sheep returns for South Canterbury, New Zealand in 1886 and 1887

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. The South Canterbury counties Geraldine, Mackenzie and Waimate are featured.

RETURN of all Sheepowners, and Number of Sheep and Lambs, on 31st May, 1886 and 1887 showing the County in which Owners reside and their Sheep are depastured, so far as the information is supplied in the Schedule "A" furnished by Sheepowners under section 21 of The Sheep Act, 1878."  pages 46-50 pdf (818k).

Twins -Pleasant Point -19 August 2011

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1888 Session I, H-15

The bonus for keas during the year amounted to £62 10s. 6d. representing 1,712 beaks. I would recommend that the bonus of Is. per beak be given by the Government, this, with the 6d. given by some of the County Councils, would tend to ensure more active efforts for their destruction as it is the number of sheep destroyed by them is not so great as in former years. I consider this bonus well expended. The alteration in the Act, in permitting all sheep shipped within the colony from clean districts to travel without certificates, has relieved the department of a great deal of unnecessary inspection without endangering the flocks. In reviewing the report it will be observed that an actual decrease (although very small) of the number of sheep in the colony has taken place for the year ended the 31st May, 1887. It will be further noticed that this decrease is confined wholly to the Canterbury District, and can, I believe, be attributed in a great measure to the low prices of wool ruling in 1886 and part of 1887, together with frozen mutton during the same period, leaving a very small margin of profit. These facts induced farmers and some of the large owners in agricultural country to reduce their flocks, breed from a less number than previously, and put a greater area under crop. The excess in the number of sheep boiled down and frozen leads to the idea that a large number of stock has been cleared. The short-shearing musters in the high country further shows that the severe winter and spring had told disastrously on the stock. I have, &c, Benj. P. Bayly, The Hon. the Minister of Lands. Superintending Inspector.

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