Minaret Station’s remote and majestic allure has attracted attention for generations – well before the Wallis family purchased the property in 1995.
Prior to the introduction of more modern farm machinery, the Autumn muster was an incredibly arduous and labour intensive task. Bringing herds of stock down from the craggy (and often snowy) tops, over scrubby land and driving them through the 50,000 acre property’s river valleys was a job for tough, well prepared and committed Shepherds, who were more often than not away for 7-10 days at a time. New Zealand’s Weekly News Annual published in Auckland in the early 1960s, ran a story named ‘Muster on the Minaret’ by Dave Osmers on September 17 1962, chronicling the epic journey of the Autumn Muster on Minaret. Osmers captured the muster beautiful in a selection of images below.
Today on the station, mustering still requires a considerable commitment from Minaret’s farm workers and their dogs – however helicopters allow fantastic access to remote and hard to reach pockets of the property, and thus greater efficiency.
Image credit. Dave Osmers, 1962.