Other formats

    TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]


Lakeside is one of the districts which adjoin Lake Ellesmere. It is about five miles from Leeston, with which it is connected by a coach service. The district was formerly swamp covered with flax and raupo; but it has now been converted into rich, fertile, well drained land, which yields very fine crops. In the winter season it is subject to an overflow from the waters of the lake, until it is relieved by an artificial outlet at Taumutu. There is a fine school, and also a valuable creamery at Lakeside. As in all the districts around Ellesmere, the farmers, as a whole, are prosperous men.

Lakeside Creamery, Leeston. This creamery was established in 1893, and is one of the branches of the Canterbury Dairy Union Company. It has a six-horse power Tangye engine and boiler and two De Laval separators, each with a capacity of 400 gallons. During the first year of the creamery the largest daily output did not exceed 400 gallons, but it is now sometimes 1600 gallons per day. The milk is all supplied from within a radius of six miles, and the cattle are Shorthorns and Jerseys.

Mr. M. Thomas, Manager of the Creamery, was born in Sydenham. For a time he followed farming, but afterwards served an apprenticeship at the Addington Butter Factory. Mr. Thomas received his present appointment in 1893. He has generally taken a keen interest in cricket and football. Mr. Thomas was married, in 1894, to Miss Newton, and has two sons and one daughter.