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The Early Canterbury Runs: Containing the First, Second and Third (new) Series

Carleton — (Run 34)

(Run 34)

Carleton was between the Eyre and Cust rivers, and went back to the foot of the Harewood Forest. It contained eight thousand acres and was taken up by Cookson and Bowler when they took up the Warren, on 1st June, 1852.

Cookson and Bowler sold both runs to Sanderson and Brayshaw about 1853.

Sanderson and Brayshaw seem to have sometimes called the station Mt. Plenty and sometimes Tumukai. The current name now-a-days is Starvation Hill.

Sanderson, who soon took over Brayshaw's interest, started with 257 sheep in 1854. He had 1800 in 1855. Carleton was a poor run in its native state, and I suppose it must have been fully stocked by 1857. In 1861 Sanderson sold it to Major H. J. Coote, of whom I have no particulars, except that he came out to New Zealand in 1853 as brigade-major to the troops in Wellington. In 1866 R. H. Rhodes and Robert Wilkin, the mortgagees, took the station over from Coote. Wilkin was a leading stock and station agent in Christchurch. He and Rhodes were partners in several other stations. J. H. Davison, their manager at Racecourse Hill looked after Carleton for them.

I think Rhodes and Wilkin sold the station to somebody about 1871, but had to take it back. In 1880 they sold it again to James Thomson, one of the brothers who had owned Otaio.

Thomson left the Carleton in 1885 and the station was sub-divided and sold in farms. The Homestead page 60block belongs to P. H. Thomson; the old house was about two hundred yards behind the present one.