Shepherds Picnic at Totara Estate  featuring Wool Bale Stencil Exhibition Opening

Saturday 14 November, Totara Estate, 565 Alma-Maheno Rd.

Much of our early NZ Victorian literature was written against the backdrop of the vast new sheep stations of the era, where Gentlemen farmers, many of them classics scholars, now had to live in isolated but magnificent conditions while attempting to make their fortunes off the sheep’s back. Not all the novels and poems, stories and songs devised at this timecould necessarily be called  Literature” but they were ways the musterers, shearers, cooks, even the Boss, would pass the time around the campfire in the long lonely evenings. Here is your chance to visit Totara Estate, one of the mighty estates of the era, sit round the campfire yourself and perhaps enjoy a yarn or two, chat to the musterer or the swagger and watch the shearer at work while you enjoy a delicious rustic picnic.


From literature to design: The Secret Lives of Stencils

Then from the sheep’s back to the wool shed – the use of wool bale stencils has fascinated Dr Annette O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Design from Massey University, who has gone on to conduct the first ever significant research into the history of the wool bale stencil in New Zealand. Today will be the first opportunity to see this exhibition in the Granary at Totara
Estate, meet Dr O’Sullivan and participate in a floor talk with her as she tells of her work.

1.00pm Shepherds Picnic
2.00-2.45pm Opening and presentation by Dr Annette O’Sullivan

Adults $25, children (age 5-10) $10, students $15, Heritage NZ members $15 (booking fees apply and bookings essential). Book at Rose’s General Store or online at

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