Kōrero: Beekeeping

Proposed container for importing bees

Proposed container for importing bees

In 1839 the Reverend William Cotton published My bee book, a comprehensive account of many aspects of bees and beekeeping. Included was this sketch of a recycled wine barrel converted into a storage chamber to transport bees from England to New Zealand. It was proposed that bees could be put to sleep by cooling the chamber with enough ice to last the journey. Each bee would be wrapped in dairy linen. There is no record of the method’s success.

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Reference: William Charles Cotton, My bee book. London: Rivington, 1842, p. 358

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - First bees and early beekeeping', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/15742/proposed-container-for-importing-bees (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008