Saturday, December 17, 2016


Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4666, 8 August 1872

John MacPherson
Store-keeper, of Richmond, Bay of Plenty and the owner of a cutter called the "Leah".
 Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2433, 9 January 1878


We regret to announce the wreck of the cutter Leah, of 14 tons register, the property of our respected fellow settler, Mr John Macpherson, of Matata. The Leah left Auckland on Saturday, 22nd June, bound for Matata with a general cargo of merchandize. She was caught in a storm after leaving, and took shelter under the Great Barrier ; both her anchors parted, and the vessel went on the rocks, all efforts to get her off proved futile; the crew and cargo were saved by the schooner Fairy; the former consisting of Captain Coombes, and a young man named Conway. At last advices the Customs' steam launch had proceeded to the scene of the wreck for the purpose of making a survey. The cutter was insured in the South British Insurance Company for £200.

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume VI, Issue 605, 6 July 1878

The following horse stock has been purchased in Melbourne by Mr John Macpherson, of Matata, and will arrive by the s.s. Hero :—

Bay filly, 2 years, got by Patriarch, her dam Rosabella, by Panic from Rosabella, by Gohanna (son of Wanderer) from Rosabella by Peter Fin from Merino by Buffalo from Merino (imported) ;

bay filly, 2 years, got by Panic, her dam Josephine, by Boiardo from Wando, by Cossack out of Fair Helen, Rous' Emigrant;

brown filly, 2 years, got by Patriarch, her dam Rosaline, by Wildair from Miss Pink, by Nimrod out of Lacy, by Gratis;

bay filly, 2 years, got by Panic, her dam Phillis, by Richview from Phillipine, by the Premier from Matilda, by Tohrab. This filly is full sister to Filibuster and Earl of Mar. She is engaged in Mares Produce Stakes.

Auckland Star, Volume X, Issue 3043, 21 January 1880


The following renewals were granted, there being no opposition :-—

... John MacPherson, Horse Shoe Inn, Matata...

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume IX, Issue 895, 8 June 1880

A late arrival from the Coast informs us that our old and much respected settler, Mr John Macpherson of Te Matata, is seriously ill. The natives who have arrived from the Coast speak in the kindest and most sympathetic manner of the concern and anxiety manifested in the restoration of their "friend's" health.

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1744, 27 September 1884

We learned last evening that Mr J. McPherson, of Matata, has obtained the contract for the mail service between Te Puke and Opotiki.

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1780, 23 December 1884

Eruption of Mt Tarawera
... a native, who escaped from Ruawhia, on the Whakutane side of Lake Tarawera, states that from where he was he could see the settlement of Te Ariki, between Rotomahana and Wairoa, destroyed, killing Samuel Brown and about 40 natives. Another native warned Mr McPherson, of Matata, and George Creek, of Whakatane, that Lake Tarawera has risen about 30 or 40 feet, and also that it rose before the late eruption. This last information was received by Mr Gordon from Mr Creek at 3 p.m., but I cannot find out if the rising occurred to-day ...
Te Aroha News, Volume IV, Issue 157, 19 June 1886

Referring back again to the Tarawera disaster, I have learned a few particulars relative to one of the European victims who perished at Te Ariki, viz., Samuel Brown, who, with his wife, Merepeka Poia, and six half caste children, met with such an untimely end. Brown served his apprenticeship in Auckland about 15 years ago, as a journeyman baker. Two years after he was engaged by Mr. John Macpherson, of Matata, and for the last five years or so he was variously employed in the Rotorua district. Brown's parents are supposed to be living in Auckland, and probably are not aware of the melancholy circumstance of his death.

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIII, Issue 7719, 18 August 1886


It is our sad duty to chronicle the death of Mr John McPherson, of Matata. who departed this life on Saturday morning the 13th inst. at the comparatively early age of 54 years, the cause of his death being bronchitis. In this gentleman's decease the district has lost a good and enterprising settler, and mankind a sterling true and goodhearted man. Our loss is the more to be deplored as his was a natural character rare to find, kind, generous, hospitable and loyal to his friends whether their circumstances were prosperous or adverse.

"And the elements so mixed in him, that nature 

Might stand up, and say to all the world.
This was a man!"

He had seen many phases of life and had gone through a few years of Indian warfare in the States during the early days of the Californian goldfields. Five weeks ago he left his home to be near medical advice, and for a time he improved, but later he suffered a relapse from which he never recovered and got gradually weaker, though everything was done for him that medical assistance and the constant care and solicitude of his friends could do until death terminated his sufferings, and set his spirit free to ascend to the Great Creator and giver of life. Requiecat in pace.

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2176, 15 August 1887

The Borough Council meeting was adjourned from to-day till 2 o'clock to-morrow out of respect to the memory of Mr John Macpherson.

The funeral of the late Mr John Macpherson which left Mr DeBourbels shortly after half past two to-day was largely attended.

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2176, 15 August 1887

Much regret has been felt here at the death of John MacPherson of Matata. Few men have passed away who have left more sorrowing friends and fewer enemies. It may be said of him as of Bayard that he was sans peur et sans reproche [without fear and without reproach].

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2181, 26 August 1887

 Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2193, 23 September 1887

Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2280, 14 May 1888
... Some twenty years ago I had an almost similar experience in the surf off Opotiki. In the boat with me on that occasion were the late John Macpherson (of Matata), Mark Talbot, and a man named Fox. The last-named was drowned, and the rest of us only reached the land with great difficulty. We were saved then by sticking to the boat. Always stick to the boat when capsized in the surf—that is, while you can... 
New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8684, 29 September 1891


The question of the validity of a marriage between a European named John Macpherson and a Maori woman named Miriana te Oha, fifty years ago at Matata, was investigated by the Chief Justice (Sir Robert Stout) at the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon and again this morning.

The issue arose in an originating summons case in which his Honour was asked to state whether the children of the late John Macpherson, who died in 1887, were entitled to share, in the estate of his brother, Malcolm Macpherson, who died intestate at Eastbourne,. England, in 1917, such estate being valued at  £15,000. Mr. H. E. Evans appeared for the widow of Malcolm Macpherson, and Mr. E. P.  Bunny for the widow and children of the late John Macpherson.

Mariana te Oha (or Mariana Macpherson) deposed that she was legally married to John Macpherson in 1870 at Matata .The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Macdonald in a building used as a Roman Catholic church.  "Father Macdonald signed a piece of paper upon which was some writing, and gave it to me," deponent stated. "This piece of paper was kept by me in a Bible, and was lost, to getter with most of my belongings in a fire which destroyed my home at Matata in the year 1905. I was about 20 years of age at the time of the ceremony. Until the death of John Macpherson, in 1887, he and I lived devotedly and happily together as man and wife. We lived for the greater part of such period at Matata, and also spent several years in Tauranga. All of the persons who were present at my marriage with John Macpherson are dead." Several affidavits were put in stating that the deponents believed Mariana te Oha and John Macpherson were legally married.

Further hearing of the case was at noon to-day adjourned until Monday. 
Evening Post, Volume XCIX, Issue 151, 26 June 1920

To English Estate
Wellington, Sept 17

Sir R. Stout had before him an originating summons to determine the legality of the marriage of John MacPherson, of Matata, who was believed to be married to a Maori woman named Mariana Teoha, and if the union were legal the children were entitled to share in the estate of their uncle, Malcolm MacPherson, of England. John MacPherson died at Matata in 1887, leaving several children.

The Chief Justice said there was no evidence of the authorisation of the marriage by any registrar or any certificate by any registrar or clergyman. It was agreed that MacPherson Jived as man and wife, and were generally regarded as such. Some feast or celebration was held to commemorate the marriage, and Mariana said it took place in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Matata with Father MacDonald, now dead, officiating. MacPherson, however, was a Presbyterian, and no register could be adduced. Several witnesses said they always looked on the pair as married. It was a common practice for white men to contract what was called a Maori marriage with native women, but it had never been recognised by law as valid. Moreover, at the time, Mariana was under age, and no consent was given by her guardian, properly appointed. He therefore ruled there was no evidence that the marriage took place. 
Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XLIX, Issue 7498, 18 September 1920

To get to Tauranga, then the chief settlement of the Bay of Plenty, Precce had to go down the Rangitaiki River by boat and get a horse at Matata. That township, be it noted, was quite a little seaport in the seventies. Schooners and cutters entered the mouth of the Awa-a-te-Atua there, and military stores from Auckland were often landed close to where the Horse Shoe Inn stood in later days. Now Matata's barport has long been closed; the place is a backwater, for new outlets for the Tarawera and Rangitaiki Rivers have been opened miles away.

Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 232, 1 October 1927

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Roberts - Wooding Wedding

Wedding photograph of Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts and Amy Maud Wooding at Ward, Marlborough in January 1938.
Pictured from left - Alice Amy Wooding nee Andrews (1881-1938), Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts (1913-2013), Amy Maud Roberts nee Wooding (1909-1990) and Arthur Richard Wooding (1882-1950)      

Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts was born 14 April 1913 and died 23 April 2013 aged 100 years

The marriage of Amy Maud, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A. R. Wooding ("Te Moana," Ward), to Edward Trueman, only son of Mr E. Roberts ("Riverside," Culverden), and of the late Mrs Roberts, was celebrated recently at St. Peter's Church, Ward, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. G. Barker. Miss Cecily Mills was the organist.

Mr Wooding escorted his daughter to the church, which had been beautifully decorated by friends of the bride. Miss Eileen Wooding, the bride's sister, was bridesmaid, Misses Margaret and Helen Roberts, the bridegroom's sisters, were flower-girls, and Mr William L. Cardwell attended the bridegroom as best man.

The bride's trained frock of cream crepe cavalcade was caught at the slightly cowled neckline with a spray of orange blossom and clusters of similar blossoms, which had been worn by the bridegroom's mother, held in place the veil of embroidered tulle. She carried a bouquet of Madonna lilies and roses.

The bridesmaid's frock was of Margaret Rose pink tree-back crepe, and was made with a fully flared skirt, puffed sleeves, and a round neck with vandyked trimming of narrow black ribbon velvet. A black velvet sash defined the waist Her picture hat to match her frock was trimmed with black velvet and pink rosebuds, and her bouquet was composed of pink roses and blue cornflowers.

Delphinium blue Victorian frocks patterned with pink rosebuds and forget-me-nots were worn by the flower-girls, and their Bo-Peep hats were trimmed with blue and pink flowers and tied with blue ribbons. Their Victorian posies were of flowers to tone.

The bride's mother wore a frock of black silk serge trimmed with gold stitched braid, and a hat of black gramophone straw. Her flowers were mauve sweet peas and statice. Mrs Roberts wore a frock of chocolate brown crepe de chine, a matching bolero having mustard-coloured revers. Her picture hat matched her frock, and she carried a bouquet of abutilons. Miss Roberts, aunt of the bridegroom, wore a frock of navy blue silk crepe trimmed with a faggoted vestee and a jabot of coffee coloured georgette. Her hat was of navy straw with veiled pink flowers inset in the crown, and her shoulder spray was also of pink flowers.

The bride travelled in a tailored suit of almond green linen, a beige silk blouse, and a chip straw hat with accessories to tone. Mr and Mrs E. T. Roberts will make their home at Culverden.
Press, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22291, 4 January 1938, page 3

 Flaxbourne Settlers Association Collection of Objects and Photographs

 Amy Maud Wooding 

 "Te Moana," Ward)

Wooding family portrait with the parents and six children seated outside Back row, left to right: Percy, Amy, Dick, Olive, Alice Front: Reg, Arthur, Muriel (baby) Written on the back in pencil: E. Wooding, c/o F.L.B. Giles, 99 Church Street, Rangiora

 Wedding of Amy Maud Wooding and Edward T. Roberts at the Anglican church, Ward

Wedding of Amy Maud Wooding and Edward T. Roberts at the Anglican church, Ward

Alice and Richard Wooding 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Woolston School

Woolston School 
Standard Two Boys


Lyttelton Harbour Tower Station

Arthur  George Rutter
Lyttelton Harbour Tower Station, 1930.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


near Timaru

Agamemnon stands 16 hands and is 4 years old. 
2nd at Timaru as a Yearling, 2nd at Christchurch as a Yearling; met the same colts at Timaru and Christchurch the following year and was placed 1st before them, meeting at Christchurch a ring of eight others; 1st at Oamaru as a two-year-old, beating the Irish hunter's stock, Wicklow; also 1st at Dunedin, beating Wicklow stock, also Merry Stanton stock, and 1st at Christchurch as a three-year-old; 1st at Timaru as a three- year-old; 1st at Oamaru a three-year-old also 2nd in the All Age Class as a Hackney Entire, at Oamaru.
Timaru Herald, Volume LX, Issue 2827, 4 October 1898, Page 4

reverse inscription - "Matched pair sold to Dr ? for two hundred guineas"

Mr Simmons, of Compstall, sold to Dr Townend, of Christchurch, on Saturday last, a pair of the best upstanding carriage horses ever seen in South Canterbury. They were examined by Mr Lillico, the Government veterinary surgeon, who passed them as sound. On account of enquiries regarding the above pair, several would-be purchasers both in Otago and Canterbury will be disappointed. We understand that the price obtained was very satisfactory.
Timaru Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 11592, 30 October 1901, Page 2

Dr Townend's grand-daughter was Nina Caroline Studley-Herbert, 12th Countess of Seafield, at her death in 1969, she was the second richest woman in Britain after the Queen. Townend's second wife was Annie Quayle Moore the only surviving daughter of George Henry Moore of Glenmark.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald

Canterbury Society of Arts, Annual Exhibition, Catalogue 1928, 
  Christchurch Art Gallery

The New Stamp Issue
To the Editor of The Press

Sir,- Are all Englishmen as atrabilious as our friend who criticises New Zealanders and their stamps in your issue of Saturday last? And must we be everlastingly singing "God Save the King" in order to attest our loyalty? 

½d - Fantail. 
 The halfpenny stamp for which I was responsible is not merely a drawing of a bird but a design as well, and if a design has no merit as a pattern then it is not a good design. The pattern is not destroyed by placing the design in any position, and in any case a designer may surely take it for granted that people can read. 

4d - Mitre Peak.

"Englishman" may be gratified to notice that I have placed the Imperial crown in a prominent position in my design for the fourpenny stamp, but New Zealand should not be accused of aggressive nationalism merely because she lays claim to some small individuality of her own. Nor are New Zealanders bound to conform to any type dictated to them by others, either in their art or in any other direction. —Yours, etc., JAS. FITZGERALD. May 4, 1935.

Press, Volume LXXI, Issue 21465, 6 May 1935, Page 18

Friday, January 9, 2015

Heathcote River

Heathcote River at Opawa, Christchurch

Monday, December 8, 2014


The Bailey-Marston Dance Orchestra
Christchurch, New Zealand

 Jack Tomlinson, Harold Bailey, Bill Floyd, Ian Pitcaithly, Lex Marston, Lou Toomer, Frank Squire, Colin Taylor, Bill Bailey and Roy O'Daniels
photograph by Standish and Preece

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grey Day, Cathedral Square

Grey Day, Cathedral Square 30x36
W. Menzies Gibb 1916

Luke Adams' Pottery Works

Study of Luke Adams' Pottery Works 21x14 by Mrs Claude Sawtell - Canterbury Society of Arts, Catalogue 1922

Friday, October 10, 2014


Ohoka showing from left one of the blacksmith's shops, alleyway leading to the Miniature Rifle Club site, the store and P.O. and small houses (the latter two still inhabited by families). Further along Mill Road on the right is a gum tree still standing in the old Eyre Co. Council Office site. Family pictured are facing the Hotel and Baker's shop now the Ohoka Service Station owned by Richard Hamilton and his sons, Edward and John.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Maxwell Bury

Maxwell Bury

born 28 July 1825 
died 9 September 1912 

1860 - General Lunatic Asylum, Nelson, superintended the erection of the building; plans prepared in England, built in the "old English style" [1].
1861 - Girls' and Infants' School, Nelson built by Mr. John Scott [2].
1861 - Nelson Provincial Council Buildings, 162 feet by 87 feet [3].
1863 - 7 May, arrived in Lyttelton on the s.s. Prince Alfred from Nelson [4].
1863 - Orphan Asylum, section 72, Lincoln Road, Christchurch.
1863 - Store and Offices, for Messrs. Walton, Warner & Co., Oxford Terrace, Christchurch. 
1863 - Bank of New South Wales, Hereford Street, Christchurch.
1863 - Parsonage House at Riccarton 1863 - Store and Offices for Messrs. Taylor and Co., Manchester Street, Christchurch.
1863 - Dwelling house for Archibald Thomson, Esq., Fendal Town Road, Christchurch.
1864 - Bonded warehouse for Mr Louisson, Hereford Street, Christchurch.
1864 - Church in Latimer Square, Christchurch, Messrs. Forgan & Sons, contractors.
1870 - Memorial window for Archdeacon Mathias, east end of St John's Church, Latimer Square, Christchurch.
[1] Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIX, 4 July 1860, Page 3
[2] Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, Issue 4, 11 January 1861, Page 1
[3] Colonist, Volume IV, Issue 370, 10 May 1861, Page 1
[4] Lyttelton Times, Volume XIX, Issue 1095, 9 May 1863, Page 4


Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1110, 1 July 1863, Page 5 

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1116, 22 July 1863, Page 6

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1123, 15 August 1863, Page 6

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1133, 19 September 1863, Page 8

 "bury architect" 

Press, Volume III, Issue 290, 6 October 1863, Page 1

Press, Volume III, Issue 337, 28 November 1863, Page 4

  Lyttelton Times, Volume XXI, Issue 1242, 28 May 1864, Page 4

Lyttelton Times, Volume XXII, Issue 1262, 12 July 1864, Page 4

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XXII, Issue 1269, 26 July 1864, Page 4

Colonist, Volume X, Issue 710, 15 February 1867, Page 3

The Nelson Provincial Buildings
Architect Maxwell Bury

Designed the memorial window for Archdeacon Mathias at the east end of St John's Church, Latimer Square.
Star, Issue 786, 30 November 1870, Page 2

Saturday, August 9, 2014

George Mallinson

died 5 December 1908 at Filey, Yorkshire

 Press, Volume IV, Issue 433, 21 March 1864, Page 1

The death has occurred at his residence, at Filey, Yorkshire, of Mr. George Mallinson, retired architect and surveyor, at the age of 77 years. Mr. Mallinson, who built the first stone church in New Zealand, at Port Lyttelton, was a native of Dewsbury, and served his articles with the noted firm of Barry and Brown, Liverpool.
Evening Post, Volume LXXVII, Issue 22, 27 January 1909, Page 4

Christchurch Architects:
Benjamin W. Mountfort, Maxwell Bury, Frederick Strouts, Isaac Luck, George Mallison, Charles Edward Fooks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Governors Bay

Governors Bay about 1862-1864.
  To the far right is St Cuthberts Church designed by architect George Mallison. The foundation stone for the church was laid on 30 January 1860 and built over a period of two years. A stone chancel was added in 1864 which is not present in this photograph.

Monday, August 4, 2014

William Daniel Lawrence

born 1 May 1840 Carmarthen, South Wales,
died 20 November 1933 at his residence, Christchurch

Mr. William Daniel Lawrence. J.P., was born in South Wales, in 1843. He was educated at Kensington Grammar School, and afterwards had a private tutor, the Rev. Piercy Frost, under whom he studied for the Army. In 1864 he came to New Zealand in the ship “Derwentwater,” and went as a cadet on the Hon. Robert Daly's run, Dunsandel, where he remained for four years, when he made a start for himself by purchasing a good-sized block of swamp land near Leeston, which he named “Ravensworth, after his old home in Wales. His property after large sums of money had been spent in draining and other important improvements, became known as the best grazing land in the Ellesmere district. Mr. Lawrence was a large breeder of sheep and shorthorn cattle, and he was instrumental in raising a stud flock of Romney Marsh sheep, so favourably known throughout New Zealand. He retired from farming in 1892, and purchased and settled on a small property near Christchurch. Mr. Lawrence has taken a very prominent part in public affairs, especially in connection with the district where he so long resided. He was created a Justice of the Peace in 1873, and was sworn in under the Hon. C. C. Bowen, when that gentleman was Resident Magistrate of Christchurch. For many years he was a member of the Ellesmere Road Board, and chairman of the local school committee. He has also been president of the Ellesmere Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and chairman of the Ellesmere Licensing Committee. Mr. Lawrence is an enthusiastic angler, and anglers have to thank him for stocking the Rakaia and Selwyn rivers with fish in 1867. He will long be remembered as the popular president of the Ellesmere football and cricket clubs. Mr. Lawrence married a daughter of the late Mr. Charles K. Vigers, of Governor's Bay, who came out in the ship “Canterbury” in 1851 and has a family of five sons.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], The Cyclopedia Company, Limited, 1903, Christchurch.

W. D. Lawrence's house, N.Z.

The death occurred at his residence, Christchurch, yesterday of Mr William Daniel Lawrence, who many years ago was a farmer in the Leeston district and intimately associated with the Ellesmere A. and P. Association and all other organisations having the welfare and progress of the district as their objective.

Mr Lawrence was in his ninety-fourth year, and was born at Carmarthen, South Wales, in 1840. He was the third son of Dr. Henry Lawrence. He was educated at Kensington Grammar School, and afterwards studied for the army, but, abandoning that intention, came to New Zealand, arriving at Lyttelton in 1863 in the ship Derwentwater.

He was first of all a cadet on Mr R. J. S. Harman's run, and was later appointed manager for the Hon. Robert Daly on "Camla," Dunsandel. Afterwards he took up land at Dunsandel and at Sedgemere, finally purchasing a property near Leeston, which he named "Ravensworth," after his old home in Wales.

Mr Lawrence effected great improvements by drainage and in other ways, the farm becoming one of the best known in Ellesmere. He was a large breeder of sheep and Shorthorn cattle, and was instrumental in raising a flock of stud Romney Marsh sheep which became very widely known.

A very prominent part was taken in public affairs by Mr Lawrence during his residence in this district. He was created a Justice of the Peace in 1873, and was the oldest member of the commission in New Zealand; for many years he was a member of the Ellesmere Road Board, and chairman of the School Committee, and chairman of the Ellesmere Licensing Committee.

But he will be best known for his association with the Ellesmere A. and P. Association, of which he was a foundation member in 1870, and was its first secretary. He was afterwards president of the association. It was he and Mr Bluett who addressed the first meeting of farmers at Southbridge regarding the formation of the association, and he took a keen interest in its' formation and subsequent career. Mr Lawrence retired from his Leeston activities in 1891 to reside in Christchurch, but his interest in the district and, in its show did not languish, and he was a frequent visitor to the annual shows, his last appearance being made at the recent show held in October.

Mr Lawrence took an active part in sport. He was one of the early members of the Canterbury Hunt Club, and when he lived at "Ravensworth" it was his custom to walk two or three pairs of hounds in the summer, while two or three meets were held there each hunting season. Mr Lawrence was also a keen fisherman and shooter, and was a life member of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was one of a body of fishing enthusiasts who were responsible for the liberation of trout in the Selwyn, Hall's Creek and other streams in the Ellesmere district.

Mr Lawrence is survived by a widow and five sons, Messrs J. W. K., H. S., C. H. and L. V. Lawrence, of Christchurch, and Mr C. W. Lawrence, who at present lives in Mesopotamia.

Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LIV, Issue 91, 21 November 1933, Page 4

MR. W. D. LAWRENCE The death occurred in Christchurch last week, at the age of 93, of Mr. William Daniel Lawrence, a well-known Canterbury pastoralist, who was closely connected with early farming practice in the Leeston district.

He was born at  Carmarthen, South Wales, on May 1, 1840, the third son of Dr. Henry Lawrence. He was educated for the Army, but gave up the intention of following a military career and came to New Zealand. arriving at Lyttelton by the ship Derwentwater in 1863.

Mr. Lawrence was first of all a cadet on Mr. R. J. S. Harman's run, and was later manager of the "Camila" station for the Hon. Robert Daly. Subsequently he took up land on his own account at Dunsandel and Sedgemere, finally taking up the "Ravensworth" property at Leeston, which he farmed until he retired and went to live in Christchurch in 1891.

He was a well-known breeder of Romney Marsh sheep. He was appointed a justice of the peace  in 1877 and at his death was the oldest holder of the commission of the peace in New Zealand. He took an active part in sport. He was one of the early members of the Canterbury Hunt Club. He was also a keen fisherman and shooter and was a life member of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was one of a body of fishing enthusiasts who were responsible for the liberation of trout in many Canterbury streams. He leaves a widow and five sons.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 21659, 27 November 1933, Page 11

Saturday, November 21, 1891.
The sale of Mr W. D. Lawrence's property at Leeston to Mr Henry Chamberlain, of Ellesmere was announced. The price was £29 2s 6d per acre for 455 acres and buildings and the sale was regarded as approximately a record for New Zealand. Higher prices per acre had been paid for small blocks and larger sums for greater areas of land, but a sale of 455 acres at £29 2s 6d per acre was not heard of every day in this colony. 

Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LVII, Issue 90, 20 November 1936, Page 4