and their border collies are woven into the legend of New Zealand’s
high country sheep stations. None made more impact than one young
man who exchanged the damp Wester Ross highlands for the rocky
tussocklands of Central Otago. James Elliott arrived in Dunedin in
1862, worked first as a simple shepherd and later found himself
managing huge sheep runs in the upper Manuherikia Valley before
farming in his own right in the Strath Taieri.
tells of James and Margaret Elliott and their family, in the last
days of the great Otago sheep runs. It also tells the story of this
shepherd’s enduring relationship with the firm of Ross and
Glendining, one of New Zealand’s great Victorian and Edwardian
mercantile partnerships. When Ross and Glendining decided to grow
their own wool for the woollen mill and clothesmaking business, they
asked James Elliott to help choose and then manage, their collection
of sheep runs.
The book includes
chapters on the family background in Scotland, leading up to the
decision to emigrate.
Soft cover, 163 pages
Full colour throughout
Profusely illustrated with 150 separate photos, period advertisements,
• Table of contents: click
here to see the table of contents and more pictures.
here to see the
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Dunedin, Janet Thomson
spent family holidays in Central Otago, later teaching in Macraes
Flat and discovering her great-grandparents’ connections with the
area. After returning to New Zealand from teaching in the Solomon
Islands with VSA, she made a career move into social work where she
has worked since, most recently in London. After completing a
master’s degree she followed her interest in genealogy and social
history to research this part of her family’s place in the annals of
Otago’s early history.
The tartan on these
pages is the Elliott family tartan.
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