The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Farmers — Sleeman, William John,
Sleeman, William John, Farmer Riccarton. Mr. Sleeman's farm is in the northern part of Riccarton, near Belfast. It fronts Tisch's Road, extends back towards Styx, and is fifty acres in extent. The whole area has been cropped, and has returned an average yield of forty bushels of wheat, and from fifty to seventy bushels of oats. For grazing purposes, Mr. Sleeman leases an additional twenty-two acres of adjoining river reserve, on the banks of the Waimakariri. Mr. Sleeman, who is a son of Mr. John Sleeman, an old colonist of Darfield, was born in Christchurch, in 1875, and brought up to farming on his father's farm at Darfield. He subsequently gained additional experience in other places, and took up his present property in 1902.