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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

McCallum, Archibald

McCallum, Archibald, Waterlea Farm, near Blenheim. Mr. McCallum is one of the oldest surviving members of the hardy band of pioneer settlers in the Wairau. He is the eldest son of the late Mr. Donald McCallum, and was born in December, 1829, in Clasgow, Scotland, where he was educated and learned farming. Mr. McCallum afterwards went to Geelong, Victoria, Australia, in the year 1854, and in February, 1855, he came to New Zealand, and landed in Nelson. A few weeks later, he removed to the Wairau, was employed for years at the rough work incidental to a pioneering life; but in the close of the fifties, in conjunction with a brother, he took up a section of 150 acres of excellent cropping land near Blenheim. Subsequently, the partnership was dissolved, but Mr. McCallum has carried on farming till advanced in life. “Watcrlea” has been devoted chiefly to
Macey, photo.The late Mr. A. McCallum.

Macey, photo.
The late Mr. A. McCallum.

agriculture, and the homestead is one of the finest in the neighbourhood. Mr. McCallum has had five sons and four daughters. His third son, Archibald, is president of the Marlborough Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and his fourth son, Richard, is a barrister, and Crown Prosecutor, at Blenheim. (Mr. McCallum died some time after this article was in type; namely, on the 29th of November, 1905.)