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Sheep returns for South Canterbury, New Zealand in 1890 and 1891

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 annual sheep returns in the AJHR after 1878 are the best guide to the approximate dates of changes of ownership.

Tailing - my brother using the gas iron, my husband vaccinating, my brother-in law earmarking with pliers and neighbors helping out. Nov. 2009.

Return of all Sheepowners, and Number of Sheep and Lambs, on 31st May, 1890, and 30th April, 1891; showing the County in which Owners reside and their Sheep are depastured, so far as the information is supplied in the Schedule C furnished by Sheepowners under section 21 of The Sheep Act, 1890." H. 15a. The South Canterbury counties Geraldine, Mackenzie and Waimate are featured on pages 71-75. pdf. (1009k)

Geraldine Mackenzie Waimate Districts - A. Douglass, Timaru, Inspector of Stock, Registrar of Brands, in charge.
H.S. Thomson, Lake Pukaki, Inspector of Stock.

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project

Sheep and wide open space were the predominant impressions, with one relating to New Zealand as being "like you are living in a big park".  2006 Tourist