Absolutely beautiful. I grew up climbing those hills, in the distance, to the right of the telephone pole, for fun and mustering, both sides of the range. For me this was home. Two hours to the top from the house. Fox Peak is the highest point.
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. Earlier reports are titled sheep inspectors’ returns.
THE ANNUAL SHEEP RETURNS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30th APRIL, 1903.
Return of all Sheepowners, and Number of Sheep and Lambs, on 30th April, 1902, and 30th April, 1903; showing the County in which Owners reside and their Sheep are depastured, so far as the information is supplied in the Schedule B furnished by Sheepowners under section 47 of The Stock Act, 1893." I—H. 23. Decrease, North Island, 852,515 decrease, South Island, 535,659 total decrease for colony, 1,388,174.