The Coldstream run was first taken up as a pastoral lease in 1854 by William Scott and Ernest Gray. It was made up of 55,000 acres of flat tussock land. The pair named it “Coldstream” after the Scottish border town and the cold springs that rise where they built their homestead. Scott and Grey developed it as a sheep and cattle run, building an 18 stand woolshed using Kahikitea (white pine) to an Australian design.

John and Michael Studholme purchased Coldstream from Scott and Grey in 1867 for £35,000 with stock and plant. At the time, the Studholme brothers were developing land in the North and South Island, Coldstream the smallest of the eight properties they owned. They drained 2000 acres of swamp and started a large cropping programme as well as running 26,000 sheep.

In 1875 Coldstream had 4000 acres in crop, running twenty six-horse teams with a permanent staff of 35 men. It had its own post office, store, church room, library, recreation centre and employed a butcher and a blacksmith. They also ran a coach service to Hinds (14km) with stables at both ends.

John’s son, Jack, took over farming Coldstream in 1890. Land was progressively sold off mainly to employees for closer settlement and in 1919 to returned serviceman from World War 1. A large homestead was built in 1900 shortly after Colonel Jack Studholme married Alexandra Thomson, daughter of the Archbishop of York. Colonel Studholme served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces at Gallipoli and then Europe; the last New Zealand soldier to leave Germany after the war.

His son Derek Studholme, who was educated at Dartmouth Royal Naval College and Cambridge University took over in 1926 and apart from six years away at World War II farmed Coldstream until his son Joe took over in 1967 after attending the Royal Agricultural college in Cirencester, England. During Joe's time a lot of subdivision of paddocks and shelter planting was undertaken along with border dyke irrigation. A new woolshed was built and he made a huge amount of progress with the Corriedale breeding programme.

Since 2004 Joe’s middle son, Alastair, has farmed at Coldstream with his wife, Annie, and now two children Olivia and Will. Alastair gained a degree in Agricultural Commerce from Lincoln University. He is currently developing spray irrigation and integrating a larger cropping enterprise at Coldstream.




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Coldstream Estate © Annie Studholme 2009