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News from WHAREAMA Masterton 1860 - 1869

Journal by ngairedith

WHAREAMA is a small settlement 39km east of Masterton along the Blairlogie-Langdale Rd. Castlepoint on the coast is another 33km, north east of Whareama

The St Andrews Church in Whareama was built by C. E. Daniell and was opened on the 26 Jan 1904. The link shows a group photograph of those present at the laying of the foundation stone for St Andrews church, Whareama

the news items from Whareama were taken from various newspapers through Papers Past. The info in brackets are my additions

1860: BOUNDARIES - The boundary of the Hikurangi Block, containing 530 acres, commences at the confluence of the Otamaiki creek and Whareama river; thence up to the Otamariki creek to its source; thence to Hikurangi and on to Wharemama, down the Whareama river to its confluence with the Otamariki creek. The Awatotoe Block consists of the small piece of bush adjoining to Mr TELFORD's homestead on the Awatoetoe creek

1861: WRECK - A public auction was held in Wellington on 19th June at 2o'clock which consisted of the salvaged goods from the wreck of the "Swift" that lay on the Whareama River. Among the goods were: the Anchor, Chains, Sails, Rigging etc. The wreck itself was auctioned prior to this at the site of the wreck

1862: RUNS FOR SALE In consequence of the continued ill-health of the proprieor, the fine properties, 'Oruti' and 'Uriti', forming a portion of the Whareama Estate, together with 5000 sheep, are now offered for sale either in one lot or separated by the Motuwairaka River, are both admirably bounded, and together have a sea frontage of 11 miles. ORUTI contains 8000 acres of Freehold and 300 acres of Crown and; has an excellent dwelling-house of nine good rooms, with outhouses, garden, yards, sheds &c.; a first rate wool-shed close to the shipping place, with 400 acre paddock, yards, wash pool, &c., &c. URITI contains 3740 acres of Freehold with 3000 acres of Crown Land. Has good paddock of 30 acres and yards &c., with good shipping place at Uriti. Title, Crown Grant. For further particulars apply to Edwin MEREDITH, Whareama, Castle Point or Levin & Co., Wellington

1863: NURSE - In March Mrs MEREDITH wanted a Burse Girl at Whareama

1863: MAIL The Post Office advises that the mail closes Wednesday at 11.30am (June) overland for Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Masterton, Whareana, Castle Point, Porangahau and Napier

1863: POSTMASTER - In May Isaac CRIPPS was appointed the Postmaster of Whareama by His Excellency the Governor

1864: VOTERS on the list of person on the Electoral List of Wairarapa between 1 Jan & 31 March, George ALLEN, lived in Wellington and had a freehold of 900 acres in Whareama. William R. CHAMBERLAIN lived in Kaumingi and had a freehold of 200 acres on the Kaumingi river in Whareama. Robert MILLER, lived in Wellington and had a freehold block in Whareama. William Phelps PICKERING lived in kaiwarawara and had land in Whareama which was once part of LUXFORD's run. Charles T. RICHARDSON lived in Pipitea and had Section 160 in Whareama freehold

1864: SCHOONER - For Whareama direct, the schooner 'City Of Nelson', Captain William HOOPER, will sail for Whareama on Friday the 22nd January. For Freight or Passage, apply to BETHUNE & HUNTER, Exchange Buildings

1864; SERVANT WANTED - In May Mrs MEREDITH of Whareama advertised for a woman as a General Servant and Edwin MEREDITH wanted a man as a cook

1864: REWARD - on November 14, Henry GUXTON of Whareama offered 5 reward (about $500 in Nov 2010) for information that would lead to the recovery of a horse about 16 hands high, 4 years old, dark brown nearly black, blind in his near eye, with 2 white marks across the back of its neck caused by a rope. It was lost or taken from his Station on the 7th day of November

1865: VOTERS - on the list of person on the Electoral List of Wairarapa between 1 Jan & 31 March, John Chopmon ANDREW lived in Wellington and had freehold Blocks 322 and 350 at Whareama H also had 100 acres of rural land in the Taratahi Plain Block. John BRIDGES lived in the Hutt and had freehold at Whareama, 320 acres (section 145) on Taueru River and 500 acres at Opaki, Masterton. Henry GROVES lived on his freehold 50 acre block in Whareama. Charles PEACH lived in Whareama where he had 300 freehold acres

1865: LAMBS - In February Charles EVANS & Edwin MEREDITH of Whareama wanted to purchase 500 two tooth ewes and 1500 lambs of equal size in lots of not less than 500

1865: TENDER - In March sealed tenders were called from persons desirous of contracting for 12 months as from the 1st April, the fortnightly Mail run between Masterton, Whareama and Castlepoint

1863: BIRTH - on the 5th July at Blairlogie, Whareama, D. CAMERON's (Esq.) wife gave birth to a daughter

1863: ENROLLING VOLUNTEERS - On Satruday the 14th November Major GORDON arrived at Castlepoint, accompanied by Mr C. JEFFS as guide, for the purplse of enrolling volunteers .... to each man was served a rifle, together with belt and pouch containing 30 rounds ball cartridges. A total of 26 men enrolled and he then gave them a month off as they were busy into the shearing season. They concluded the day with a dance in the evening at Captain GUTHRIE's home. On the 17th he left for Whareama to do the same

1865: SHEEP STATION AUCTION - On Wednesday 20th September at 2 o'clock all the Run or Sheep Station at the Tanerua in the Whareama District, commonly known as the TANERUA STATION, with sheep, cattle and improvements, went under the hammer. It consisted of 6855 acres of Freehold, 5000 acres of Governemt Land and 4000 acres held under lease from the Natives. Stock and buildings etc

1866: SALE - At the Land Office in Thorndon on 10 July, the whold of the Whareama Block was taken up at 7s 6d per acre, by applicants who preferred aying the increased price to having the land put up to auction at the upset price of 5s per acre (about $25 in 2010)

1867: PETROLEUM FOUND UNDERGROUND - In a letter from Edwin MEREDITH, Esq Riversdal, Whareama in March, he says he has found more than one escape of gas issuing from the ground through water upon his property. The gas ignited freely and was similar in character to that upon Mr D. CAMERON's run twelve miles away ....

1867: INQUEST - An inquest was held at the Commercial Hotel in Napier on Friday 15th March in the matter of the body of Peter CADENHEAD, alia SMITH who went on board the Success and said he was to take the cutter Duncan Cameron from Whareama to Auckland ...

1867: LAND SALE - In August sections 787, 788 and 789 in the Whareama Block containing in the aggregate 820 acres, were knocked down to Mr BRIDGES at the upset price of 5s an acre ($25 in 2010)

1868: GOLD - A letter was published in the Wairarapa Mercury in January which described the finding of gold in the Wairarapa and adds ... the best information I received was from Mr John HAWKE, a well known and respectable settler amongst you, he submitted to me a small parcel of black sand very thickly mixed with fine gold which he had collected together by his hands in a creek which runs into the Whareama, close to MILLER's Tauru river ... some of the names mentioned in that letter are: GRIGG, LYONS, SPRY, KNIGHT, GUTHRIE, Valentine SMITH, GROVE

1868: WAIRARAPA GOLD - STOP PRESS, Daniel GROVE's report on the Gold found in the Wairarapa (including Whareama) ... Dear Sir, I left Masterton on the 8th instant (May) with two men, John T. WESTWOOD and J. THOMAS. We went up the Ruamahunga ...

1868: DROWNING - On 27th August Harry BUXTON drowned in the Whareaman river

1868: NO BUYERS - The two large runs on the East Coast belonging to the late Mr BUXTON at Whareama and Mr GUTHRIE at Castle Point, which have been so long advertised, were offered for sale yesterday (28 December) at the Exchange by messrs BETHUNE and HUNTER. There was a very large attendance but no buyers. The Whareama Station was withdran at 12,000 ($1,247,146 in Dec 2010) and there was not a single bid for the extensive station at Castle Point

1868: SCAB - In December scab appeared to be on the increase in the Wairarapa. There were fie cases to be heard against Mr McMASTERS and no less than 11 other individuals were summoned. Mr Arthur NICHOLLS from Whareama appeared before the Resident Magistrate for breaches of the Scab Act

1869: BIRTH - On the 25th January at Whareama the wife of Mr TELFORD had a daughter

1869: ACCIDENT - In February mr HASTWELL's coach separated in two when crossing the Waingahawa in Greytown. The horses pulled the front part out. The passengers were rescued by Mr Rody DONALD. The Wellington mail to Masterton was slightly damaged. The Greytown mail to Masterton and Whareama was lost

1869: BIRTH - On the 23rd October, at Bankside, Whareama, the sife of Mr Alfred BURLING of a son

1869: DEATH - On the 20th October at Bankside, Whareama, Alexander, son of Mr GAFFNEY, of Featherston aged 15 years

1869; DROWNING - On Thursday the 25th November, Peter HOLES, of Okau, was on his way home from Flat Point, accompanied by his wife and son. On arriving at Whareama he found the river flooded; in attempting to ford the river on horseback, he in some manner lost his seat in the saddle and had to swim. He was noticed to be unable to make headway against the stream and was carried down by the strong current. His son swam in to his rescue and got hold of him, but he made but little effort and his son was unable to swim with him; he was therefore compelled to let him go to save himself and did so only in time to escape getting into the surf

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