PECK of TAITA
Hello Ngairedith....interesting Journal. Shoemaking was indeed a stressful and risky business in the early days of New Zealand i.e. bad debts, bankruptcy, suicide and sudden death by natural causes!
See Paperspast NZ...'A Fatal Fire at the Taita'. My g grandfather ( Charles Burt) gave evidence at an inquest. A shoemaker lost his home and one of his seven children, late at night, when a lamp set fire to melted wax he was working with.
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