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



Otama is about equi-distant—ten miles—from Gore and Riversdale, page 1053 and is a farming district. It has a public school, under the care of a master and mistress, with an average attendance of thirty-five. The local post office is conducted at the school, and there is a telephone bureau at a private house. There is a local dairy factory at the Otama bridge, over the Mataura river. The settlement has a public hall, and also a Presbyterian church, which will accommodate 200 persons, and the Knapdale minister holds services. Otama is in the Mataura riding of the county of Southland, and in the electoral districts of Wakatipu and Mataura. The Otama creek, a tributary of the Mataura, runs through the settlement, which had a population of 138 at the census of 1901.

Dillon, John , Farmer, “Winning Park,” Otama. Mr Dillon was born at Courtwood, Queen's County, Ireland, in 1846, and was brought up to farming. He arrived in Australia in 1862, visited New Zealand
Mr. And Mrs J. Dillon.

Mr. And Mrs J. Dillon.

the following year, and on his return to Australia followed the diggings for some years in various parts of the country. In 1877, Mr Dillon finally settled in New Zealand, and took up land at Gore. He afterwards sold his Gore property and bought “Winning Park,” a compact farm of 400 acres at Otama, where he carries on mixed farming, and he also owns another farm of about 500 acres near Riversdale. Mr Dillon has been a member of the Otama and Croydon school committees. He was married, in 1876, to a daughter of the late Mr Thomas Ree, of Caithness, Scotland, and has eight sons.
Mcbain, Donald , Farmer “Lynwilg,” Otama. Mr McBain was born in the parish of Alvie, Inverness-shire, Scotland, in 1843, was educated at Baldow, and arrived in Melbourne in 1862, by the ship “Lightning.” He was engaged in goldmining for some
Mr. And Mrs D. McBain.

Mr. And Mrs D. McBain.

time at the Charters Towers “rush,” Port Darwin, and through the Gulf of Carpentaria. Mr McBain owned an hotel in Victoria for about two years, and in 1876 he came to New Zealand, and took up 400 acres of land at Otama; but he has since increased his area to 556 acres, and devotes his land to sheepfarming. Mr McBain has been a member of the Otama school committee since 1873, and he is also a member of the Otama branch of the Farmers' Union, and of the committee of the Otama Presbyterian church. He was married, in 1876, to a daughter of the late Mr Angus McEachem, sheepfarmer, Victoria, and has a family of seven sons and five daughters.