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CARTERTON, Wairarapa - Public Library 1896

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taken from NZETC the article was written about 1896

Carterton Public Library, which is located n convenient premises erected for the purpose on freehold land in Library Street, was established in 1874.

There are 3550 volumes, comprising a good assortment of works by standard authors. The subscription is ten shillings per annum.

The officers (1896) are: Messrs.
* W. C. Buchanan, M.H.R. (patron),
* W. Booth, J.P. (president),
* W. Downard (secretary),
* E. W. Dorset,
* H. H. Wolters,
* J. Brown,
* W. Downard,
* J. Bairstow (committee)
* Dr. Johnston (committee),
* W. Parker (librarian)


Henry Hilmar Julius WOLTERS (1844-1926), a wealthy German immigrant married Julia TULLY (1860-1924) in 1882
- Julia was a grand-daughter of William Mein Smith (Surveyor-General to the New Zealand Company and a prominent early New Zealand artist),
- their known children were:

1883 - 1950 Frances Melanie Wolters
- Frances married Henry Bernard Mansfield 'Burney' TRAPP (1880-1957) in 1910
- Frances died 5 May 1950 aged 66
- she is buried in PLOT 55 at Clareville (Henry is in PLOT 52)
- Frances and Burney Trapp lived in Carterton, he becoming County Clerk, and they raised 3 children. Daughter Phyllis became a teacher, son James (who married Noeline STUBBS, sister of Gordon Stubbs, the wellknown former chemist) moved to Wellington and ran a restaurant for some years. The youngest child, Joseph, became a distinguished academic, holding the position of Director of the Warburg Institute, University of London

1884 - ? Gerald Hilmar Wolters
- embroiled his father in several scrapes and was packed off to Australia about 1914. He married and raised two sons and one of these, Henry Frederick (Harry) Wolters, was born in Colyton NSW in 1920 and lived in Paddington, New South Wales. There are further generations carrying on the Wolters name there
- in 1907 Gerald (then aged 23 and a law clerk in Wellington) set fire to some scrub and wood on his father's section at Days Bay to clear the land. Nearly an acre of his neighbour's land, that of Frederick Richardson a Wellington surveyor, was destroyed.
- Frederick took them to court for compensation

1889 - 1953 Olive Werner Wolters
- Olive did not marry. She followed her father into the commercial agency and ran it capably for some years after his death. She also became Cartertons first woman Borough Councillor, serving from 1935 to 1944.
- she died in 1953 aged 64

1890 - 1896 Clara Beresford Wolters
- Clara died 2 November 1896 of diphtheria aged 6
- she is buried in PLOT 52 at Clareville Cemetery

Julia Wolters died 21 January 1924 aged 64
- she is buried PLOT 53 at Clareville Cemetery

Henry Hilmar Julius died 22 September 1926 aged 82
- he is buried PLOT 54 at Clareville Cemetery


PHOTOS & BIO of Henry and Julia and their home "Richmond" which today its known for an exceptional garden, and a hundred years ago Richmond was the home of an exceptional man Henry Hilmar Wolters is mentioned briefly in Carterton historical literature, but he deserves greater recognition for his substantial contribution to the town and district.

He is chiefly remembered as Cartertons first Town Clerk, holding that office from 1887 to 1901, but from about 1878 until his old age (he died in 1926 aged 82) he kept the financial wheels of the whole district on track as an officeholder on dozens of boards and committees. He ran a commercial agency, for a time from his office in the borough chambers, later from a building in Belvedere Road, and handled the affairs of many public and private concerns

Henry Hilmar Wolters had a high profile in Carterton over a long period. He owned one of the first cars in the town, a 1900 Cudell De Dion Voiturette, which he acquired very early in the 20th century and which is now in Southwards Car Museum (north of Paraparaumu, Wellington area). It would have been a familiar sight around the town as he went to and from his office and his many meetings.

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