Matipo Farm was my grandfather’s farm in the Wairarapa in the early part of the 20th century. He bought the farm after returning from World War I and farmed there until the late 1940’s. The farm produced mostly wool, which was baled and taken to Castle Point where the bales were dragged by horses out to a boat waiting offshore. There are great photos of this in an old family album, whereabouts currently unknown, but there are similar photos in this Wairarapa Past blog.
This photo is of my grandparents after retiring from the farm, not sure when this picture is taken but probably the early 1950’s.