One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who owns or manages a sheep station or cattle station.‘he was a soldier who became a wealthy runholder’
- ‘Their house became a social centre for the runholders.’
- ‘They were a good type of sheep for the runholders who depended on wool for their income.’
- ‘Runholders had received collectively 58 per cent of the reformed pastoral estate as freehold.’
- ‘If the price of wool should drop many of these runholders will be in serious financial difficulties.’
- ‘These sturdy people are the fabric of any provincial town - runholders, small farmers, merchants and artisans.’
- ‘They were not welcomed by their runholder neighbours at first - relationships were testy at best.’
- ‘With help from the runholder and his packhorses, they went up the West Matukituki.’
- ‘He was a southern runholder and a Liberal politician.’
- ‘The church was built in memory of the pioneer runholders of the Mackenzie area.’
- ‘He got all his numerical facts wrong and then blamed the runholders for giving him dodgy data.’
Mid 19th century: from run in the Australian sense ‘an extensive tract of land used for the raising of stock’.
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