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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

North Forest Hill

North Forest Hill.

North Forest Hill is a picturesque farming district about five miles to the west and to the south of the borough of Winton. The land varies from level to hilly, and is well suited for both pasturage and agriculture. It is in the Winton riding of the county of Southland, and in the electorate of Awarua; and at the census of 1901, had a population of 171. Originally the country was clothed with verdant bush, of which, however, the greater part disappeared long ago. The line of railway from Winton to Hedgehope is on the northern side of the district, and a flag station, known as King's, is available for the settlers, while Gap Road railway station, on the Invercargill-Kingston line of railway, is three miles distant.

The North Forest Hill Public School was established about 1884, and occupies a site of five acres, prettily planted with ornamental and shelter trees. The building is of wood and iron, and has accommodation for forty children. There are about thirty names on the roll, and there is an average attendance of twenty-four.

Miss Annie Elsie Grant Campbell was appointed teacher of the North Forest Hill school in 1901. Miss Campbell visited England in 1904, when she was temporarily relieved by Miss Madeline Lind.

Hunter, James , Poultry Farmer, North Forest Hill; postal address, Winton. Mr Hunter was born in 1840, at Broxburn, Midlothian, Scotland. He came out to Victoria with his parents in 1853, and crossed over to New Zealand in 1861. For some time he worked on the Gabriel's Gully diggings, and afterwards commenced business as a cordial and sodawater manufacturer at Wetherstones; and was subsequently in the same business at the Dunstan. Three years later, he sold out, and removed to Shotover, and worked for eighteen months at Sutherland's Beach diggings, where, with nine mates, he took 1,700 ounces of gold out of a claim. At the end of 1864, Mr Hunter went to the West Coast, and established an aerated water factory at Okarito, with a branch at Brighton, and carried on business till the “rush” was over. He afterwards went into business at Charleston, but again sold out and turned his attention to mining, and was engaged in crushing cement from the black lead. He worked on his claim for eleven years, and finally left the West Coast in 1879. Mr Hunter then settled at Winton, where he established a drapery business, which he conducted for about twenty years, till he sold out to Mr Raines, in 1900. Mr Hunter served on the Licensing Committee at Charleston, and was at one time chairman of the Charleston Hospital Committee. Since retiring from business, Mr Hunter has devoted himself to practical poultry farming. He has studied the best methods of breeding and rearing young stock, and
Gerstenkorn, photo.Mr. J. Hunter.

Gerstenkorn, photo.
Mr. J. Hunter.

page 994 has a large number of purebred fowls. The varieties include gold, silver and white Wyandottes, black and buff Orpingtons, Minoreas, and Pekin ducks, with which he has carried off numerous prizes at the Gore and Invercargill shows. Mr Hunter was married, in 1867, to Miss Treseder, of Melbourne, and has one daughter.