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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]



The Stratford Caledonian Society was established in the year 1902. Officers for the year 1906: Messrs N. J. King (president), J. H. Thompson (honorary secretary and treasurer), and a committee of twelve. The annual sports meeting is held in January of each year in Victoria Park, Stratford. It is a popular gathering, and about £100 is annually given away in prize money.

The Stratford Acclimitisation Society is under the management of a local committee, and Mr. J. A. Jone is the curator. The fish hatcheries are situated on the Gentle Annie stream, near Stratford. There are four concrete ponds and two large dams, in which there are about ten thousand brown trout (savelinus fontinalis), one or two thousand Loch Levin trout (salmo Levenensis), and about one hundred large stock fish, mainly rainbow trout (salmo iridia). There are also about one hundred and fifty English salmon (salmo salar). Timber is (July, 1906) on the ground to erect a building capable of turning out 50,000 fry every year; hitherto about 30,000 have been turned annually into the rivers.