A short history of sheep in New Zealand’s Wild West era

I’ve written an article for a lifestyle magazine. It’s on sheep. Really. I’ve covered the early history of sheep in New Zealand, and there will likely be more in the series – including the stories of sheep rustling, fast business deals and general adventuring that went on in back-country New Zealand’s wool industry around 150 years ago.

It really was just like the US Wild West. Back then New Zealand spellings were American, we talked about ‘drug stores’, not ‘chemist shops’. Businessmen even looked to the US, not Britain, for inspiration as to how they should behave. It was for good reason: New Zealand – and, for that matter, eastern Australia – were part of a shared ‘Pacific Rim’ culture that emerged with the colonial period of the day. It flowed, in part, from an extraordinary migration driven largely by gold. Yup, the miners who dug the Victoria fields in the 1850s and the Otago fields in the early 1860s were, pretty much, all the ‘Miner Forty Niners’ who had tried their luck in California. The same people. And that also infused itself into New Zealand’s pastoral culture.

So check the article out. Here’s the first page and some links.

Check out the full magazine here (it’s by subscription): https://www.fiberygoodness.com/2019/11/issue-5-is-go/

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019


3 thoughts on “A short history of sheep in New Zealand’s Wild West era

  1. Sorry, Matthew, couldn’t read the full article coz I couldn’t work out how to open it on that site. The only clickable seems to be an icon for Pinterest?

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