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150 years of Canterbury A&P history written
A COMMEMORATIVE book
charting the history of the
Canterbury Agricultural and
Pastoral Association and its
annual A&P Show, When
Country Comes to Town, is now
in Canterbury Whitcoulls stores.
Canterbury A&P Association
was founded in 1863, but its
roots reach right back to the ear-
liest, independent squatters on
the plains and the peninsula, and
the Canterbury pilgrims, all of
whom saw the land, understood
its promise and set about realis-
ing its worth.
The 224-page When Country
Comes to Town hardcover book,
written by Rosa Shiels, looks at
the evolution of the Canterbury
A&P Association, the notable
citizens and hardworking famil-
ies who have sustained and nur-
tured it through the highs and
lows of its history, and the
changing nature of the annual
A&P Show, which is the show-
case of the farming industry
It is fitting that Whitcoulls, a
New Zealand-owned bookseller
founded 130 years ago, is stock-
ing a book celebrating 150 years
of the country s largest Agricult-
ural and Pastoral Show,
designed and printed by Christ-
church s Caxton Press, which cel-
ebrated 75 years in 2010, Can-
terbury A&P Association
president Richard Lemon said.
City saleyards' glory days recalled
SALEYARD MEMORIES: Robin Leech and Bruce Johnston with a copy of their book The Addington Sale Yards.
By PETER HIDE
formerly owned by the
Company Ltd in the 1920s.
Photo: SUPPLIED BY G L ADKIN
LOTS OF people remember the
days when cattle and sheep used
to be driven from the Addington
saleyards along a grassy strip
where Blenheim Rd now runs, to
be slaughtered at the Islington
Or the stock being driven down
Papanui Rd or Moorhouse Ave to
the Addington saleyards.
That continued until the
1950s, said author and Rangiora
man Robin Leech, who is
launching a new book, The
Addington Sale Yards.
Perhaps it is the sub-title -- and
those who it made it work -- which
is most telling, because the book is
about the people who worked
there, rather than the saleyards
themselves, Mr Leech said.
There were lots of characters
there, lots of drovers and hard
cases in the early days, he said.
Like the chap who drove prime
cattle from Goughs Bay to Tai
Tapu, the first and only time
prime cattle came from Goughs
Bay on Banks Peninsula to
Addington. And the man in the
mid-1920s who topped the scales
with the heaviest cattle beast ever
recorded in New Zealand.
The Addington saleyards was a
place of dust and grime, but stock
agents and auctioneers who
worked there were expected to be
properly dressed .
We had to wear a tie, of
course, Mr Leech said.
The book is probably unique in
that it records the comments of
some of the people involved with
the saleyards, which have been
empty and increasingly the target
of graffiti taggers since 1997,
when they combined with the
Canterbury A&P Association on
Curletts Rd in Wigram.
Most of the interviews have
been done by Mr Leech s
collaborator, Bruce Johnston, a
former Dalgety s man who now
runs a free-range egg business in
The first sale at the Addington
site overlooking Hagley Park was
It replaced a site in Bealey Ave,
opposite where the Carlton Hotel
stood, because that was not
considered big enough for a
There was a phenomenal
throughput of livestock from the
very early days. Once, they
handled 46,000 sheep there,
which was great for the city.
The Addington saleyards were a
big ticket item for Christchurch
then, Mr Leech said.
Originally, there were six stock
and station firms in Addington.
Most merged or were defunct by
the time the saleyards finished.
Mr Leech said he expected the
357 page book to be particularly
popular in North and Central
Canterbury, where there had been
a lot of interest in the saleyards,
possibly because many farmers
had been there.
The cover features a caricature
by Roddy Kidd, a retired Oxford
shearer and Dalgety s agent, who
has turned his hand to cartooning.
The book is being launched on
March 14 at the bowling section of
the Papanui Workingmen's Club in
Christchurch. It will also be
promoted at the South Island Field
Days at Lincoln University on March
21 and 22, and available from PGG-
Wrightson stores and selected
bookshops throughout Canterbury.
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