Early Years of Beekeeping

Fruits of the empire

After wiring all of those Langstroth bee frames, manufacturing of the beehive equipment and splitting of colonies to make new ones paid off. The new colonies were relocated to a new apiary site I had found in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa (New Zealand).
The picture on the right shows me holding a frame of brood, photo taken during late spring (1988).

Frame of brood

An old school friend, Lance was beekeeping too and we would help each other out as needed. Lance’s vehicle was a Holden and could tow a larger trailer, this was especially useful when robbing 24 boxes (supers) of honey. Weight – about 650kg.

Boxes of honey