Mesopotamia Station, in 1871. Photographer unidentified.
Note on back of file print reads "Mesopotamia shortly after the Campbell's took over. Only the roof and chimney of Butler's own hut appear above the roof of the new house built by the Campbells."
"Although he was not the first occupant of Mesopotamia, the writer Samuel Butler is the person most associated with the property. He purchased it in 1860, two years after the station was first settled. It is believed to be the setting for his best-known work, "Erewhon" (first published in 1872). In 1863 Butler sold the property, and it was sold again in 1864 to Michael Campbell and William Cator. Shortly afterwards Cator sold his interest to his partner's brothers, General and J R Campbell. The latter managed the property until it was taken over by Dugal McFarlane in about 1879." (Information taken from "Darling, I'm home!" display).
Exhibited in 'Darling, I'm Home!' exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand, 1 June - 5 July 1999.
Note on back of file print reads "Mesopotamia shortly after the Campbells took over. Only the roof & chimney of Butler's own hut appear above the roof of the new house built by the Campbells."
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