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What’s in a name?

Mandeville’s history dates to 1857 when two men divided their run.

One retained the southern half, which was named Reaby, and the other the northern half named Wantwood because of the lack of timber. Both these names live on in the District today

The site of Mandeville at first had no name and the hotel was called the Railway Hotel. A store soon followed. The site only needed another ‘smithy’ and another Eastern Southland colonial township would be underway.

Eager to expand the area, the men in charge of the Waimea Plains Railway Company decided an aristocratic name was needed. They settled on Mandeville, after famous 14th century explorer Sir John Mandeville.

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