Mr William Buss, who lived for a great many years at Rangiora, died yesterday at his residence in Christchurch, at the age of sixty-eight years. Mr Buss was born in 1840 at Sellinge, Kent, England, and arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Roman Emperor in 1860. He settled immediately at Rangiora, on the Woodend Road, and there he had his home until recently.
In 1862 Mr Buss founded a large auctioneering business, which he successfully conducted for forty years, retiring in 1902. He claimed to have held an auctioneer's license continuously for a longer period than any other auctioneer in Canterbury, and he was the first resident auctioneer in the district.
Mr Buss established the weekly Tuesday market in Rangiora many years ago. As a farmer he worked 1600 acres of agricultural land, and from 6000 to 7000 acres of pastoral land for very many years. He was first secretary of the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and held the offices of secretary and treasurer for fifteen years, he was subsequently president of the Society for three years.
The funeral will leave the Rangiora Saleyards on Saturday afternoon for the Church of England Cemetery.
Star, Issue 9367, 16 October 1908, Page 1