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

Greta Peaks — (Run 559)

Greta Peaks
(Run 559)

Greta Peaks was originally part of Stonyhurst. It began as a separate station in 1863 when Clifford and Weld sold to Sanderson and Studholme all that part of their leasehold which lay to the west of the Greta Creek. It was originally about twenty-four thousand five hundred acres. The country was sold without stock, but there were a lot of wild cattle of good stamp running on it.

The Studholmes were John and Michael, of whom I gave some account when I wrote about Waimate. They never lived at Greta Peaks. Thomas Sanderson, the managing partner, like the Studholmes, was a Cumberland man. He came to Victoria about 1838 and spent twelve years there, for the last ten of which he managed a sheep and cattle station.

In 1850 he and G. Brayshaw bought 500 sheep, two horses, and other station outfit, and chartered a boat to bring them to Lyttelton. They had very rough weather, and the voyage took six. weeks. All their stock, except one horse and 120 sheep, died on the way over.

They grazed their stock near Christchurch for a time, and then took up part of the Terrace Station on the Rakaia. After they sold this and dissolved partnership, Sanderson bought the Carleton run near Oxford. He sold this in 1862 and in 1863 joined the Studholmes. He managed the Greta Peaks until his death in 1890.

In 1879 John Studholme bought his brother's quarter share of the Greta Peaks.

Sanderson and Studholme made over twelve thousand acres of the run freehold. The lease of the rest page 262ran out in 1890, and the Government cut it up.

Sanderson having lately died, the freehold was put up to auction, when J. F. Studholme bought five thousand acres of it. This was afterwards bought by T. S. Mannering, a former owner of several runs near Oxford. He named it Greta Vale. C. E. Calcutt rented it from him for several years.

The Homestead block was bought in by Mrs John Studholme and the Sanderson family, who went on with it for some years, when Mrs Studholme bought out her partners. She cut up her freehold and sold it in 1904. Ben Coleman was her manager. The homestead was on a hill about a mile from Scargill. It now belongs to C. H. Coe.