The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Sixty-Nine miles of railway line bring the traveller from Wellington to Shannon, another intermediate station on the Manawatu Company's line. The settlement is progressive, although it has much to check its growth. The land is not so good as that around Longburn, although stock-raising appears to be fairly successful, and the products of wool, butter, and fruit are well spoken of. Its people are thrifty and hospitable, and boast of a town hall, a church, a State school, a creamery, two hotels, and other institutions, amongst which is the Manawatu Farmer, a tri-weekly newspaper. Good roads connect Shannon with Levin to the south-west, and Palmerston North in the opposite direction.
Mails for Shannon close daily at Wellington at 6 a.m. and 12.45 p.m., arriving at Shannon at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. The return mail closes daily at Shannon at 7.15 a.m. and 5.10 p.m., arriving at Wellington at 1 and 10.5 p.m.