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Old Settlers - WANGANUI, New Zealand

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... the bios were written about 1895 ...

Alexander, James, Settler, Wanganui. Mr. Alexander was born in Scotland in 1818, and died at Wanganui on the 14th of July, 1895. With his brotherAlexanderhe landed in Wellington in 1840 per ship Martha Ridgway, and subsequently settled in Wanganui...


Allison, (Dr.) James, Sheepfarmer, Wanganui. This pioneer colonist landed in Wellington in 1840, afterwards settling in Wanganui, where he remained seven years...


Allison, Alexander, Farmer, Letham, Wanganui. A son of the late Dr. Allison, M.H.R., the subject of this sketch was born in 1849 at Boulderbank, Marlborough...


Bamber, Thomas, Sheepfarmer, No. 2 Line, Wanganui. The son of an old settler, after whom he is named, Mr. Bamber was born in 1864 in Wanganui, and was educated in his native place...


Brann, John Henry Charles, Settler, No. 2 Line, Wanganui. This gentleman was for fifteen years the proprietor of a private school in Boulcott Street, Wellington, and previously was assistant to the late Mr. E. Toomath. Mr. Brann was born in 1827 in Kent, England, and was educated at the public schools. After a short term as a teacher in England, he came to Lyttelton in 1860 per ship Gannanoque....


Brightwell, Thomas, Farmer, Wanganui. This old colonist, who was born in 1814 at Eydon, Northamptonshire, left England in 1834 for North America, and, after farming near Buffalo for a short period, embarked at New Bedford on a three years' whaling expedition to the South Seas, dipping into New Zealand waters in December, 1837. Landing at the Bay of Islands, he joined the whaler Harriett, which on leaving the bay became a total wreck...


Brightwell, Edwin, Farmer, Brooklands, Westmere, Wanganui. Mr. Brightwell's farm of 200 acres, six miles from town, is extremely fertile and well-adapted for fruit-growing, twenty-five acres being so employed...


Cameron, Allan, Sheep and Cattle-farmer, Wanganui. Mr. Cameron resides on the well-known estate of Marangai, near Wanganui. Mr. Cameron's father, Mr. John Cameron, purchased the property in 1841, and resided there with his family till his death, in 1894...


Campbell, George William, Farmer, Brunswick, Wanganui. Born in 1849 in New Brunswick, Canada, Mr. Campbell came to New Zealand in 1853 with his father, who settled in the district and gave it its name. His early days were spent on his father's farm, where he remained until after his death, in 1867...


D'Anvers, Roland, Settler, Culworth, Upokongaro. The fifth son of the late Mr. Frederick Samuel D'Anvers, who was connected with the East India Company for many years, the subject of this notice was born at Hornsey, Middlesex, England, in 1844, and received his education at King's College, Canterbury, England. He travelled for some time after completing his college course, and in 1864 came to New Zealand...


Donald, John, Dairy-farmer, Westmere, Wanganui. Besides forty acres of leasehold property, Mr. Donald has seventy-two acres of freehold, which he uses as a dairy-farm. The stock yards and cow-bails, which are of iron-bark, were erected by the late Mr. W. H. Watt, at a cost of 300. Born in Kincardineshire, Scotland, in 1841, Mr. Donald arrived in Auckland in 1884 in the ship British King. ...


Duncan, Andrew, Farmer, Wanganui. This old settler, who was born in 1805 at Curranshaw, where he was educated, came to New Zealand by the Bengal Merchant in 1840...


Duncan, John, Sheepfarmer, Otairi Station, Otairi. Private residence, Durietown, Wanganui. Mr. Duncan landed in the Colony with his parents in January or February, 1840, having arrived per ship Bengal Merchant....


Fernie Bros., Farmers, Ohimiti, Kaiwhaike, and Aberfeldie, Makirikiri, Wanganui. Both brothers were born at Wanganui, their father, Mr. John Fernie, who was a native of Scotland, coming to New Zealand in 1854. He returned to England, was married, and came out to the Colony again in 1860...


Harris, Samuel Gregory, Settler, Wanganui. Born in 1816, near Plymouth, England, where he was educated, after engaging in farm-work for a few years Mr. Harris came to New Zealand, landing in 1841, under engagement with the New Plymouth Company...


Harrison, Henry Nevison, Farmer, Fordell. This old settler is the eldest son of the late Mr. H. S. Harrison, who is referred to in these pages as an exmember for Wanganui. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1837...


Henson, John, Settler, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui. Born in Northamptonshire in 1821, Mr. Henson worked on the North Western, the Great Western, and the Eastern Counties railways for a number of years. He took part in the construction of the Paris section of the Paris-Belgium Railway for a number of years, and was afterwards employed in England on the Brackley and Bambury Railway. After four years in business on his own account at Potterspury, Northamptonshire, he came to New Zealand, and settled in Wanganui on the Industrial School Estate, of which he leased a portion for many years...


Higgie, Thomas, Sheep and Cattle-farmer, Okoia, Wanganui. This old colonist was born in 1841 on board the ship Olympus, on her voyage to New Zealand, Dr. Featherston being the ship's doctor. For a time Mr. Higgie's parents resided at Porirua, his father, it is said, being the first contractor doing business in Wellington...


Higgie, Morris, Sheepfarmer, Rosmond, Matarawa. The son of Mr. Thomas Higgie, an old settler at Okoia, who is referred to in these pages, Mr. M. Higgie was born in 1869 on the station which he now works...


Humphrys, William Darnell, Sheep and Cattle-farmer, Waipakura, Wanganui. Mr. Humphrys was born at Congleton, Cheshire, England, in 1870, and was educated at Oswestry, Shropshire, receiving his farming experience at the Colonial College, Suffolk. He came to New Zealand in 1890 to his brother, Mr. George Humphrys, of Hunterville, with whom he remained for eighteen months, when he bought the freehold of a property, Ashcombe, about fifteen miles from Wanganui, consisting of 750 acres. In 1896 he took a lease of the property which he now farms, consisting of 750 acres. In 1896 Mr. Humphrys was married to Miss Ethel Mary Ward, third daughter of Judge Ward...


Lees, Allan Cameron, Settler, Fassiefern, No. 2 Line, Wanganui. A native of London, where he was born in 1841, Mr. Lees was educated in the north of Scotland. Landing at Wellington in 1861 per ship Wild Duck, ...


McDonnell, William, Settler, Wanganui. The son of a commander in the British Navy, who visited New Zealand as early as 1828, the subject of this notice was born in London in 1838, and three years later arrived with his parents at Wellington...


McGregor, Gregor, Settler, Wanganui. Among the early colonists of New Zealand, now passed away, must be numbered Mr. Gregor McGregor. Born in the Island of Uist in 1818, he received a sound grammar school education, and was afterwards apprenticed as a carpenter and boatbuilder. In 1840 he came to New Zealand in the ship Blenheim,...


McKain, J. M., Farmer, Fernhill, Wanganui. Born in Wellington, Mr. McKain's father, who arrived in Wellington by the second ship, being proprietor of the Halfway House at Porirua for many years, the subject of this notice went to Wanganui and became a stockman on a station for some time...


McWilliam, Peter, Settler, Mars Hill, No. 2 Line, Wanganui. A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was born in 1830, Mr. McWilliam came to Wellington in 1853, after spending two years in South Africa and about one year in Victoria on the Bendigo diggings...


Mitchell, George, Farmer, War Ora, Westmere. Mr. Mitchell's property of 970 acres of freehold land, situated six-and-a-half miles from Wanganui, and three miles from Kai Iwi, is capable of carrying four sheep to the acre all the year found. Born in Aberdeenshire in 1845, and brought up to a farming life, Mr. Mitchell came in 1862 per ship Echunga to Canterbury...


Morgan, John, J.P., Settler, Newtonlees, Wanganui. Born in 1829 at Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England, where he was educated, Mr. Morgan came to New Plymouth in 1850 in the barque Berkshire....


Murray, John Blair, Sheepfarmer, Southern Grove, Westmere, near Wanganui. The property is 1400 acres in extent, 600 being freehold; nearly 700 acres have been under the plough, and about 3500 sheep and 130 head of cattle and twenty-five horses are depastured on the property. There is a substantial dwelling of eleven rooms, with an orchard of one acre adjoining there are also four acres of orchard planted on another part of the properly. Mr. Murray, who was born in 1849 in Glasgow, was educated at the Glen School in that city, apprenticed to Nelson's Locomotive Works, and was afterwards in Messrs. Randolph and Elder's Marine Engine Works. After two years' experience in America he returned to Scotland for a short time, and came to Dunedin about 1871...


Owen, William Thomas, Farmer, Featherston, near Wanganui. The property, which is about ten miles from Wanganui, consists of 942 acres on which sheep and cattle are depastured. Mr. Owen came to Wellington in 1852 by the ship Stately,...


Papanui Station, which is the properly of Messrs. Studholme, consists of 4000 acres of land in the Mangamahu District...


Mr. Edgar Arundle Lewis, J.P., the manager of the Papanui Station, was born in England in 1856, and was educated at the Royal Naval School, New Cross. He came to the Colony per ship Crusader, and landed in Lyttelton in 1873...


Parkes, Frederick Richard, Settler, St. John's Hill, Wanganui. This old colonist was born in London in 1831, and came to New Zealand in 1840 per ship Aurora, landing on the Petone beach...


Peake, Henry Lacy, Settler, Plymouth Street, Wanganui. Born in 1832, in Denbigh, North Wales, Mr. Peake came out to Australia in 1852, landing at Melbourne. Twelve months were spent on the goldfields and in gaining a knowledge of station-life, when Mr. Peake came across to New Zealand per barque Eliza, arriving in Wellington in 1853...


Peake, John William, Settler, St. John's Hill, Wanganui. Born in 1830 in Denbigh, North Wales, Mr. Peake was brought up as a barrister of the Middle Temple, but disliking the law as a profession came out in 1852 to Australia, and proceeded to the gold-diggings at Bendigo, Ballarat, and Forest Creek, where he remained twelve months with varied success. Coming across to New Zealand per ship Eliza, he landed in Wellington in 1853...


Pointum Estate, the property of Mr. T. B. Williams, which is situated on the No. 2 Line at Matarawa, consists of 332 acres of fine land, which is in a high state of cultivation...


Mr. Alexander Murray Thompson, Manager of the Pointum Estate, was born in 1865 at The Grove, Marlborough...


Poole, Joseph Edward, Turf Commission Agent, Maida Villa, Wilson Street, Wanganui. Mr. Poole was connected with the Wanganui Jockey Club for seventeen years. Born in London in 1841, and educated in Kent, he arrived in Auckland when nine years of age by the ship Monarch....


Reid, William, Settler, Plymouth Street, Wanganui. Born on the 11th of June, 1823, in the parish of Banff, Banffshire, Scotland, where Mr. Reid was early engaged in farming pursuits, he gained considerable experience in farming and cattle-breeding on different estates. He came out to Lyttelton in March, 1851, per ship Travencore, when there was but one house in Lyttelton and one in Christchurch...


Rice, Samuel, Sheep and Cattle-farmer, Brandon, Wanganui. The farm of 486 acres of first-class land depastures 800 Lincoln sheep and fifty head of cattle; it has been occupied by Mrs. Rice's family since, 1852...


Sherriff, Arthur, Sheepfarmer, Rusthall, No. 2 Line, Wanganui. A son of one of the early settlers, who came to the Colony in the forties under the auspices of the New Zealand Company, Mr. Sherriff was born in 1850 in Brighton, England, and came to Wellington per ship Wild Duck in 1863...


Smith, Charles, Settler, Te Korito, Wanganui. Born in Wiltshire, England, in 1833, this old settler was educated at the University College School, London, where he was a schoolmate of Mr. (afterwards Sir) Julius Vogel. Mr. Smith was articled to a lawyer in London, but took a fancy for farming, and went to an agricultural college till 1859, when he decided to come to New Zealand. Arriving in Wellington by the ship Hastings, he came to Wanganui and took up his farm of about 2700 acres...


Taylor, Thomas Ballardie, J.P., Settler, Wanganui. Born in Anstruther, Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1816, Mr. (better known as Captain) Taylor was drowned in Cook's Strait off the brig Lady Denison on the 16th of July, 1871. At an early age he went to sea, where he served his apprenticeship for four years, and prior to coming out to Sydney in 1840, per ship Planten,...


Taylor, Thomas Chalmers, Settler, Bell Street, Wanganui. The eldest son of the late Mr. T. B. Taylor, the subject of this notice was born in 1848 at Wanganui. Completing his course of study at Madras College, St. Andrew's, Scotland, Mr. Taylor returned to New Zealand in 1866...


Watt, John Paton, Settler, Wanganui. A brother of the late Mr. W. H. Watt, M.H.R., and a son of Mr. George Paton Watt, of Fife, Scotland, the subject of this notice was born in Dundee in 1825. He arrived in the Colony in 1846, and was for some years captain of the ship Governor Grey, trading between Wanganui, Wellington, and Sydney...


Watt, William Thomas Whillen, Farmer, Wanganui. This gentleman, who was a son of the late Captain J. P. Watt, was born in 1857 in Wanganui, where he was educated. For several years before his death in 1892, he managed the Lily Bank Estate, together with his own property of 500 acres at Tokomaru...


Woon, Garland William, Ex-Civil Servant, Rao[unclear: ri]kia. Mr. Woon's father was the Rev. William Woon, who was one of the early missionaries, and in company with Messrs. Watkin and Turner, was sent out by the Wesleyan Missionary Society in 1830 to the Friendly Islands. They travelled in a whaler and called at the Bay of Islands en route. The Rev. Mr. Woon remained in Tonga for about three years, and while resident in Nukualofa, the subject of this article was born. The reverend gentleman and his family then removed to Hokianga, on the north-west of New Zealand, where they remained until the Hone Heke war in the year 1845...


York, William, Settler, Guyton Street, Wanganui. Born in 1829 in Coldstream, Berwickshire, Mr. York worked as a carpenter in London for three years. Landing in Brisbane in 1854, after a year he went to Sydney, where he helped to construct the first railway station. As a goldminer he was at the Woolshed diggings in Victoria. After his arrival in New Zealand, he was at the Whakamarina diggings for a time...

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