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ORMOND - JOHN DAVIES - 1831 ----- 1945 - HAWKES BAY . N.Z.

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edmondsallan - Hello - I am not sure of the relationship between this " Ormond & Tiaki Ormond " at Mahia . I need to sort it out from my notations .
Ormond, John Davies
Runholder, politician, provincial superintendent

John Davies Ormond, known as 'The Master' by his family and as 'The Hon. J. D.' by his parliamentary colleagues, was born in Wallingford, Berkshire, England, and baptised on 28 June 1831, the fourth child and third son of Francis Kirby Ormond and his wife, Frances Hedges. After the family moved to Plymouth he met his sister's future husband, E. J. Eyre, lieutenant governor designate of New Zealand's southern province of New Munster, and sailed on the Ralph Bernal in 1847 to become Eyre's confidential clerk in 1848 and also, in the following year, his private secretary and clerk of the Executive Council. After trying to make a quick fortune on the Australian goldfields he leased land at Porangahau and drove his stock north. Such leases from Maori owners were illegal, but his 'very existence itself was at stake and there is no knowing what a man will do when fighting for his all.' After the government purchased the Porangahau block in 1857, he acquired by Crown grant a property of 19,075 acres, which he named Wallingford.

To defend runholders' interests he took a leading part in the movement to separate Hawke's Bay from Wellington province in 1858. A year later he was elected member and speaker of the first provincial council. He was glad to see Donald McLean become superintendent, and served under him as deputy superintendent. He succeeded McLean in 1869. Between them they ran the province from 1863 to 1876. He held the Clive seat in the House of Representatives from 1861 to 1881 and the Napier seat from 1884 to 1890. In 1891 he was appointed to the Legislative Council. Although he held cabinet office briefly in the 1870s, he was essentially a provincial and local leader.

In the course of provincial council business Ormond met the hard-drinking and gambling provincial auditor George E. G. Richardson, general merchant, commission agent and shipper. On 4 December 1860 he married 'Geordie's' practical, prudent and downright sister, Hannah, at Te Aute church. Hannah and her mother had followed Geordie out from Scotland and set up house for him in 1858. She was devoted to music-making and reading, but spent the next nine years at Wallingford, three days' journey from Napier by bullock dray, looking after a growing family, travellers and guests, keeping house and gardening.

When Ormond was at home he was occupied with his flocks, pastures and cropping, and carting his wool to the coast to await shipment. He spent his evenings shut away reading the papers and writing letters. A township grew up at Wallingford, with a school (later converted into a church), two hotels, a post office and a blacksmith's shop.

Ormond leased and freeholded other properties. In 1863 he acquired over 16,000 acres at Otawhao and Oringi Waiaruhe, but wild pigs and dogs ravaged the stock. He sold his Oringi holding in 1875 and the next year acquired 1,214 acres near Woodville. He also acquired 14,500 acres on the Mahia peninsula, where he sent his eldest son, George, to farm in 1885.

As Ormond became more involved in politics he wanted a property nearer town. In 1864 he obtained a share in the Heretaunga block, illegally leased from the Maori by Thomas Tanner. Subsequently the block was legally leased and purchased by Tanner's syndicate from Maori 'owners' sorely pressed by their creditors. Ormond's share was a 1,200 acre property named Karamu. There in 1876 he erected a noble, spacious mansion and laid out a garden, orchard, shelter belts, plantations and an avenue of oaks. Raupo swamp was transformed into rich pasture. Karamu became his stud farm and provided him with many cup-winning racehorses. As Hannah was resolved never again to leave town, he had to build another family home, Tintagel, in Napier.
Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan

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