YATES - SAMUEL & NGAWINI -1900 ------- 1910
edmondsallan - hello - When you think or try to establish a mental picture of ' Parengarenga ' back in those times and european settlers that far north,they would be few and far between . Also ancestral knowledge handed down said , " Samuel Yates " was able to acquire large areas of land through his wife's tribal connections. It has also been suggested that as local Maori gum-diggers had probably run up big accounts at the ' Parengarenga store ' during the industry's periodic slumps, he could exert pressure on them to sell or lease their land. Nevertheless, local Maori appear to have thought highly of Samuel. Many of them continued to reside on the land, at least when he and Ngawini were alive, and they were employed on the station as shearers or musterers.
From the outset Ngawini took an active role in the management of the station. She also found the time to raise and oversee the education of her eight children. A fine horsewoman, she often took part in the musters of cattle and sheep. As Samuel grew older she assumed a more prominent role. Samuel's health began to fail in the late 1890s, and in September 1900, sensing that his death was near, he set out for Auckland so that his body could be interred in the Jewish cemetery in Karangahape Road. He died, on 14 September, just as the ' Paeroa 'was leaving Parengarenga Harbour. He was survived by Ngawini, five daughters and three sons. Ngawini saw to it that Samuel's last wish was carried out.She then managed the station and ran the store alone, keeping records and accounts and overseeing the local kauri-gum trade. Under her management the station developed its own breed of bullock, the "Lineback ". Ngawini Yates was capable, generous, intelligent and very able in business affairs. She died at Parengarenga on 29 July 1910. On her headstone she is described as 'Beloved of both Pakeha and Maori'.
What a couple of top grade settlers they turned out to be . They led by example . I suspose it takes on a very simular thing to the likes of Ancestral researching / Journal writing . Usually it is quite easy for a very good Genealogist to find out how many others aquired their base knowledge to put into print .In most cases it has all been done before and it is a matter of finding it and putting your own brand on it I know my own research , real ancestral research ,takes up about 3 hours a day . Quite often the wastage is very high . so what you really come out with is about an hour a day that is real unresearched
ancestral workings that one can note & eventually follow up . I think
"Samuel & Ngawini Yates " were the in the same position . They first used the knowledge from other sources to give them their base . Then they tweaked that bit by bit . Finally ,finding their own methods and great success. I have found this Ancestral couple to have been very interesting indeed .
Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan