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Henry Willaim Aiken Jamieson

Henry William Aiken Jamieson
Birch Hill

born 9 July 1859 in Yatala House, Port Adelaide, Australia, son of Captain Alexander James Jamieson and Hellen Aiken, died 29 November 1918 Buenos Aires, Argentina, buried Moy Aike Grande, Santa Cruz, Argentina, married 21 July 1897 Estancia Hill Station, Santa Cruz, Argentina, Mary McCall Halliday, born 20 July 1876 Falkland Islands, died 29 November 1953 Buenos Aires, Argentina aged 77 years

Henry Jamieson
This is a copy made around 1900 of an earlier photograph taken in the late 1870's. No photographer's name is given however the studio prop Henry Jamieson leans on is shown in an photograph taken in the studio of Coxhead Brothers, Timaru
reverse inscription "Harry Jamieson, Birch Hill, late (eighteen) Seventies" 

Birch Hill Homestead

Birch Hill looking towards Mount Cook.
Mount Cook, 13,200 ft and Tasman Glacier. From the album: New Zealand album, 1875, Dunedin, by Burton Brothers studio. Te Papa (O.042804)

 Birch Hill Station 1887
Jim Annan, Jim Thompson, Jack Stuart and Jack Annan

by Edgar Augustus Corlett Jackson

The son of a pioneer Canterbury sheep farmer, Mr Jack Jamieson, who is the owner of a large station in Patagonia, South America, has come to New Zealand to study agricultural and pastoral technique. Mr Jamieson's father at one time owned the Birch Hill station, near Mount Cook, later was a landholder on the Falkland Islands, and after being shipwrecked on the coast of South Argentine, took up land in Rio Gallegos, some 2000 miles south of Buenos Aires.

Most of tne landholders in that inhospitable country are of Scottish descent. Mr Jamieson said, in an interview yesterday. Their port of Rio Gallegos, in the territory of Santa Cruz, is the most southern Argentine harbour on the mainland of South America. High winds sweep the land incessantly, and in winter snow covers the ground and intense frosts are of daily occurrence.

The country nevertheless produces fine sheep, although Mr Jamieson said that there was a great deal of dissatisfaction with the prices being received. Prime lambs were sold for 5s a head, as compared with the 20s to | 25s a head received for New Zealand lambs. He considered that the difference was attributable to the lack of competition by freezing works in South America. Until recently there had been only one refrigerating plant at Rio Gallegos, but recently a Chilean firm had commenced business and the prices had improved a little. In Chile, which had four big freezing works and seven or eight smaller plants,  prices were 25 per cent, higher than in the Argentine.

The foreign exchange restriction was causing much embarrassment to the big trading firms — British, Spanish, French, and Dutch — in the Argentine. Mr Jamieson said. Rigid control of the exportation of money meant that firms with liquid capital could not send it out of the country to purchase materials and plant. Travellers also suffered, as they had to buy sterling at a very high rate, so that few British residents in the Argentine could afford to go overseas at present. Mr Jamieson mentioned the difficulty that New Zealand exporters had experienced in getting payment for apples sent to Buenos Aires, and remarked that many countries had been faced with a similar problem.
Press, Volume LXXI, Issue 21546, 8 August 1935

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