Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Angus Gordon Part II

The woolshed - This is a live farming show performed in and around the historic Clifton Station Woolshed. The station of 13,500 acres was bought in 1859 by James Gillespie Gordon. The station now 2000 acres (800 hectares) is owned by Angus and Dinah Gordon, whose children are the 6th generation of Gordons to live at Clifton.

The woolshed itself was built in 1886 by Frank Gordon, the owner’s grandfather. It was originally a twenty-stand blade shearing shed, which was converted to a 12 stand machine shearing shed in 1904. It is now an 8 stand shed, with a night pen carrying capacity of 1000 sheep. In 1912, Frank Gordon replaced most of the roofing timber inside the shed with Oregon timber, and in 1960, John Gordon, Angus’ father re-piled the whole shed with concrete piles.
In 2002 a new shed was built further in on the property allowing this shed to be converted into a museum. It is still used to shear all the sheep on the Clifton Flats and surrounds. In 2006, Angus and Dinah Gordon formed a partnership with Ian and Wendy Richardson called Wool World @ Clifton Station to provide a venue for a live farm show, convention centre, museum and wool retail shop.


Work began on the building of Clifton Cafe in November 1998. The cafe was complete in Ma 1999 and it opened for business on teh 28th July on a freezing cold day with snow glistening from teh Kawekas.
If it’s the ambience of the sea and the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers, spacious views across the Bay, good company, happy service and a wide variety of well priced delicious food and Hawke's Bay wines that you’re dreaming of, then Clifton Bay Licensed Cafe and Function Centre is the reality. If it’s a well organised atmospheric wedding or party catering for up to 150 people seated you’re looking for you need look no further than Clifton Bay By The Sea for the complete package. Whatever you desire, we will endeavour to deliver a memory you will never forget.