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

Bishell, David

Bishell, David, Sheepfarmer, “Caythorpe,” Middle Renwick Road, Blenheim. Mr. Bishell is well known throughout New Zealand as a breeder of Lincoln stud sheep. His farm is named “Caythorpe,” and contains 270 acres. Everything about it betokens careful supervision by a man of experience, who thoroughly understands his business. The stable, which has accommodation for thirteen horses, has a brick floor, and is roomy and well ventilated. Mr. Bishell's yearlings are fed and housed throughout the winter. The barn is large, commodious, and stored with a plenteous supply of wheat and oats. There is a machine shed, which contains a clover and grass-seed mill, binders, mowers, vetching machines, double-furrow and three-furrow ploughs, hayrakes, Cambridge rollers, drays, waggons, drills, and a windmill. Mr. Bishel keeps twenty-four horses for farm use, and for four years in succession he won first prize with his back “York.” With his sheep Mr. Bishell has for many years taken the majority of prizes awarded to exhibits of their class at the Nelson and Marlborough shows, and he finds it hard to supply the demands for his young stock. Mr. Bishell was born at Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, England, in 1849, and thoroughly learned farming in all its
Mr. and Mrs D. Bishel.

Mr. and Mrs D. Bishel.

branches before coming out to New Zealand in 1875. After a short sojourn in Nelson province, he decided to settle in the Marlborough district. He has, in addition to “Caythorpe, another farm of 325 acres, known as K, and to this also he gives his personal supervision.