Geography

The man between the rivers

From 1860 to 1864 Samuel Butler chased sheep in the foothills of the Southern Alps, explored unknown mountain passes and propounded his philosophies to the gentlefolk of Canterbury. He left behind a legend and a 100,000-acre sheep station, Mesopotamia. It was there that novelist James McNeish went to discover what it was that inspired one of the world's great satirists.

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