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Abbott's- Ford formerly Waipawa
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Census 1867
Abbottsford, as Waipawa was first known, can lay claim to being one of
the oldest inland towns in New Zealand.(If you find someone of interest
you wish to know more about read or see the book at Library called Abbott's-Ford
by Margaret A Gray.- A History of Waipawa)

Frederick Segwick ABBOTT, early settler, runholder and ineteenth century speculator, played a leading role
in Waipawa's formative years.It is unfortunate that so little is known about Mr Abbott. It is conjectured that perhaps he did not live permanently on his property.We do know he remained unmarried and employed Thomas and
Hannah SMITH to keep house for him. Hannah was the first white woman to take up residence in Abbottsford. Thomas and Hannah's son Abbottsford, recalled some 70 years later that Abbott was the adventurer type, always
seen on horseback and never on foot. During the 1880's Abbott returned to England. One of his last records of him was 1990 when he sent a letterto Mr Edward BIBBY

Census of the Population of Waipawa within a radiusof about 2 miles from the Settlers Hotel. Copy taken by Henry ARROW 1867


Name

Occupation

Number in
Family
ABBOTT Mr
Runholder
1
AVISON Mr & Mrs
Sheepfarmer
9
6ch and man

ARROW Mr
Schoolmaster
1
Family at Patangata

BRITTEN Mr & Mrs
Butcher
4
1ch and Servant
BENNETT Mr & Mrs
Farmer
2

BIBBY Mr & Mrs
Storekeeper
6
4ch
BRESSENHAN
Blacksmith
4
2ch

CARMICHAEL
Laborer
6
4ch
COLLINS
Farmer
10
8ch

CLARKE
Laborer
4
2ch

COWPER
Publican
8
5 and man



DAVIS

Farmer
2

DOWD
Laborer
7
5ch


DURAND
Sadler

3
1ch

DUBOIS Mr
Laborer
1


ENGLISH

Artist
1

GILMOUR Mr & Mrs
Laborer
5
3ch


GRENSIDE

Laborer
6
4ch


GREGORY

Laborer
4
2ch


HALPIN
Publican
3
1 man
HANCOCK
Laborer
5
3ch

JONES Mr
Carpenter
1


HAMELING Mr & Mrs
Farmer
6
4ch

LIDDELL ditto
Laborer
4
1ch

McGREEVEY Mr.P
Tailor
1



McGREEVEY Mr & Mrs

Carrier
6
4ch
MARONEY
Publican
2

MOFFAT Mr
Constable
1

McDOUGAL Mr & Mrs
Carpenter
2

MUIR
Blacksmith
2

PHILLIPS
Carpenter
2

RATHBONE Mr

Storekeeper
3
2 men


ROBERTS Mr & Mrs

Baker
2


ROSE

Laborer
3
1ch


SEBLEY

Carpenter
9
7ch

SMITH W.W.
Labourer
6
4ch


SMITH T.

Brickmaker
3
1ch

STEEL Mr
Blacksmith
6
5 Men family at Patangata

TAGGART Mr.
Laborer
3
Mother & Sister

TODD D
Surgeon
1
WALDRON Mr T.
Laborer
1

WALDRON, B. Mr & Mrs
Farmer
2
WINSOR Mr & Mrs.
Bookmaker
6
3ch & servant
164 Total
Abbott's Ford Fire Brigade 1888
First Members were:-B.B.JOHNSON

J.STONE
H.L.JULL
J.DRUMMOND
E.OAKENFULL
P.O'SULLIVAN
P.COSGROVE
A.E.JULL
D.MORONEY
A.GARRY
R.MAY
A.SCRIMGEOUR
J.WILLIAMS
S.CHARLTON
J.WINDLE
R.COOSY
W.WISEMAN
H.N.RATHBONE
G.ABRAHAMS
M.COLLETT
M.R.LONG
W.BRINSON
The first Officers elected were as follows:-
Superintendent B.B.JOHNSON
Sub Superintendent A.E.JULL
Foremen D.MORONEY and J.STONE
Secretary-Treasurer J.R.LONG
The new Fire engine was accompanied from the Railway Station by the Town Band, amid much fanfare, on its arrival on January 31,1888.
The Brigade's first call out on February 18th, was to flush out the town's sewer!!!

Pupils at the Waipawa School early 1880's
Teacher Mr Fraser.
Pupils, Jack McGREEVY,Bernard ELLIOTT,Barney BOYLE, …..RATHBONE,Bert JOHNSON,Harry JOHNSON,…..NAUGHTON,James BARRIE,Alfred WEAVER,Alberta ELLIOTT,Maggie COWPER,Katrinka SONDAGOOD(Lady Ransom), Agnes PEEBLES,Albert LISTER.

Waipawa School Cadets Christchurch Exhibition 1907.

Horace McCORMICK, Pura LOGAN, Syd ROSE, Jackie CORSKIE Jim DEAN, Sam GRANT, Harry McINTYRE, Alby COLLINS, TipiROPIHA, Allan MILBURN,

Lewis SEBLEY, Jim STEVENS, Bun HARMAN, Bert LIDDLE,Bill GRIFFEN, Wilfre LOWE, Henry HUTANA (photo in Pipe Band Uniform or school cadet uniform)

Waipawa Teachers & Principals from 1862
Waipawa Headmasters from 1862 TO 1961

NYE Miss 1862- 1865
DROVER -18651873
ARROW 1873
LORD
SOUNDY 1879
FRASER 1884
WILLIAMSON 1884 1897
JONES 1897 1902
BULL 1902 1906
WATSON 1906 1916
SMITH 1916 1922
CUMMING 1922 1926
HILL 1926 1936
ADLAM 1936 1938
FLEET 1939 1943
TAYLOR 1943 1945
EASTERBROOK 1945 1949
MALONEY 1949 1955
ORGIAS 1955 1958
BLAKIE 1959 1961
DOWLING J 1961
CANNONS P.A 1963
JEROMSON J.R 1965
ANTHONY I.A 1971
HORN L. 1975
GUNSON A. 1977
LAWRENCE(Actg) G.E 1981& 1984
GIBSON A.K 1981
ROBSON J. 1984

The name Mary MacDONALD is synomous with the District High School. For26 years (1927-1952) sided her pupils through their secondary education with fairness,strength and integrity.

It was a sad day for education in Waipawa when the District High School closed in December 1958 after 50 years, to reopen in Feb 1959 as the Central Hawkes' Bay College.

Mr I.GRANGER was the first teacher appointed of the Special needs class. 1965.

Miss Z.ARNABOLDI 1967 AFTER 26 YEARS RETIRED FROM TEACHING.

Miss B.J.TOWERS and Mr G.LAWRENCE also retired from the school during 1980's. Many children taught during this period found that these two teachers had also taught their parents in the 50's.

Waipawa Police from 1856
Originally Waipawa was given police coverage from Napier by Constables Henry GROOME and John MURRAY.

Constable William THOMPSON patrolled the area in 1859, under the supervision of Corporal John EGAN.

In these early days it appears Waipawa was the main operational centre outside Napier for all points south.

Constable Denis BROSNAHAN was constable here from 1881-1887. Born in Killorglen,Ireland, he came to New Zealand vic the USA.
He joined the police force in Christchurch before transferring to Woodville, then to Waipawa. In the early 1880's he married Theresa HAMELING. They later transferred to Waipukurau.

Sergeant Florence O'DONOVAN stationed at Waipawa in 1890's left here for Napier, where he drowned in 1897 while attempting rescue work in the big flood at Clive.

Mention also made of two popular Constables L.W.C.LeCOMTE(Cliff) who took up his position 1939 and died in office in 1954. Also S.J.BROWN who arrived in 1955 to commence police duty. Stan was award the Q.S.M. in 1976. Although retire from service in 1980, he was recalled for 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour. He still resided in Waipawa in 1989.

JAMES ELLIS- Murderer. 1902 approx James Ellis was accused of shooting dead Leonard COLLINSON while out shrub cutting on Te Awaitttti Station near Martinborough. A police search was made but he had disappeared into the bush.Sometime later he made his presence felt by ransacking the homestead of William HIRST, at the time occupied by his manager George DOUGLAS. He was tracked by Detective BROBERG of Wellington,Constable Willcocks of Waipawa and local man George DOUGLAS.

Today the hut, scene of his capture, is still referred to as Murderers Hut or ELLIS Hut. When captured Ellis was described as a walking arsenal. Ellis was taken handcuffed to Hists, then to Waipawa in Constable WILLCOCK's gig. From Waipawa went by train to Wellington where he was subsequently convicted of murder and hanged.

Waipawa Police Station from 1856

GROOM Henry or Murray 1856
DIXON John 1856
SMITH 1856
THOMPSON William 1859
EGAN John 1861
McGREEVY Stephen 1862
STRUDWICK Joseph 1877
MADDIGAN J. 1879
BULLEN Frank 1880
O'MALLEY James 1881
BROSNAHAN Denis 1881
LIVINGSTON W.J. 1882
MOTLEY Joseph1882
SIDDELLS James 1885
NEALE George 1886
RYAN William Henry 1887
SHAW David 1887
RYAN William Henry 1887
TRONSON Gerald 1887
McARDLE H 1887
TREANOR James 1890
O'DONOVAN Florence 1892
RIORDAN James 1892
Sgt.Super.from Dvke 1895
CARR. Henry Hyde 1898
McKELVEY Edward James 1899
CAIRNE James 1901
ECCLETON Joseph 1902
WILLCOCKS James Sellars 1903
RAYNER Joseph Andrew 1906
BUTTIMORE William 1909
WILTON Thomas James 1909
MALONEY Gerald Joseph 1910 Transferred 1911
0'HALLORAN James 1915
GRAINGER William James 1933
MISS Robert Henry 1935
LeCOMTE Leonard William Clifford 1939
Sergeant Super from.Waipukurau 1947
CLARK Archie Norman 1954
BROWN Stanley John 1955
WILSON William George 1959
BROWN Stanley John 1959
SIMS Clifford 1959
AITKEN Rodger Francis 1965
NORWOOD Peter Albert 1973
McDOWELL Ronald Peter 1979
TREGEAR Rodney John 1980
McDOWELL Ronald Peter 1981
AVENELL William trevor 1981
BRANNAN Geoffrey Gordon 1982
HUGGINS Barry Lewis 1982
AITKEN Rodger Francis 1984
NEIGHBOURS Francis Eric 1985
JOSEPH Rodney Leith 1985
THOMAS Gavin Andrew 1986
PALMER Shaun John 1987
EVANS Clinton Scott 1988

Waipawa Town Fathers.
William RATHBONE 1832-1904
Lissie RATHBONE 1852-1918
Early colonist and philanthropist William RATHBONE was born in Birmingham,England on 26.4.1832. Came to New Zealand in 1855 aged 23 yrs on ship Egmont and landed at Taranaki. He spent some time at Collingwood diggings before coming to Waipawa.

He married in 1869 William married Lissie ARROW, second daughter of Henry ARROW He passed away on Christmas eve.1904. Two of their Sons were; William Henry RATHBONE and Herbert Melville RATHBONE 1870-1928.-Herbert married Isabella Mary BAKER 18.4.1895, daughter of late H.J.BAKER.. Lissie (or Belle) with her five daughters and a son Ernest went back to England on Athenic 23.4.1907. After coming back to N.Z. settled in Lower Hutt where she died on 6.3.1918. Waipawa benefit from many trusts and bequests which included Rathbone Maternity Home,Abbotsford Children's home,Plunket building,renovation and enlargement of St.Paters in 1934, plus large stained window above the alter, and the tower and spire.

Edward BIBBY 1829-1901 Cabinet-marker came to Napier from Lancashire in 1860 aged 31. He returned to England to marry, and brought his bride back in 1862. Mary Ann BIBBY 1838-1910- much respected by all especially the Maoris. They gave her the title of "Pipi", the Maori pronunciation for Bobby.

One of their sons James(died 1959 aged 97) married Mary TOD a young Scottish lass in 1892.. Also award the George V Jubilee Medal in 1935. Died in 1936 at Kairakau beach while on holiday.

LIMBRICK William Isaac 1869-1940.First Mayor of Waipawa. Born in England 1869 came to New Zealand 1874 aged 5 years.

JULL Albert Edward 1864-1940 born Fort Erie,Canada 1864.Came to NZ with parents 1877 via England.

JULL Ellen Amelia(Nelly) 1864-1914 Married 1889 maiden name of WHITTINGTON, daughter of Leonard WHITTINGTON, owner of the Union Brewery.

In 1935 Albert presented Nelly Jull Park to the people of Waipawa in memory of his wife.

BAKER Henry James 1842-1888 born at Hatfield in Essex in 1842. In 1863 he married Jessie SCRIMGEOUR..

Businessses in Waipawa 1902

ANSTIS W.C Grocer
RATHBONE W. Grocer & Gen.
BIBBY E
McINTYRE j. Waipawa Bakery
LIDDELL & STEVEN Building Const. And Undertakers
MILLER & STATFORD Plumber & Painters
GOLDER C Jeweller
OAKENFULL E Books and shoes
PRATLEY L Stationer
McGREEVY Steven Wool and coal dealer
EAMES F.F. Dentist
McGREEVY S Butcher
ROLFE & CO Auctioneers and Stock & Station Agents
HARKER J Construction and builder
CORSKIE Alex General blacksmith and Wheelwright
HASTINGS A Abbotsford Bakery
O'HALLORAN Tailor
WELLS T Boots and shoes
PATTISON W.D Wholesale and Retail Storekeeper
NORRIS H.F Barrister and Solicitor
KINGS Draper
FLYNNS Morris General store
HANNON Micky Bootmaker
HUNTS Bookshop
COSGROVES Billiard Saloon(later Roddas and later Tre Bon)
SANTINI's Fish shop(was Te BRYANT'S sports shop later Nancy JONES Florest)
JAMES Bikeshop
BUDDEN Miss Dressmaker(upstairs above BOTT's Bookshop)
HOODS Material,haberdashery,ladies underwear.menswear.
BOOKER Bert Boot Repair
BOOT Sydney Jeweller
HARRIS's Hairdresser
McLEAN Miss Dressmaker
RUST's Dainties and Bakery
DAVY ANNETTE TINSMITH
Morris FLYNN had a grocery shop early 1920's-Morris arrived in Wellington straight from the Bendigo Goldfield..He came from Aberfayle,Ireland and was born there in 1840. He married Charlotte DOUGLAS in Waipawa and had five children.
Tim HEGGARTY had a shoe repairing business
Paddy LARNER was a Crimean War vet, who when he arrived in New Zealand became a station cook.
The Medical Hall.
Professor T.F.MOORE must surely be one of Waipawa's most infamous inhabitants. He commenced business in 1870 and was demolished in February 1986. But no bulldozer could bury this
shop's dark history.

It is understood that Professor MOORE came from Victoria, Australia, where he was a steam engineer. He commenced business about 1870 in Waipawa. He first operated a Photography studio, then a wholesale chemist supplies, progressing to dentistry, and finally to the decidedly shady side of life, illicit abortions.
This scraggly,bespeckled little man lived with Mary Ann MILLS and her grandchildren in a home fortified by high fences.Entrance
was gained through a front gate covered in creepers, then on through a maze of box hedges to the front door.

In the Waipawa Mail of 1884 two case from Coroner's court were dealt with, both cited Professor MOORE as being implicated. It was established that Professor supplied a man at the Empire Hotel with opium as treatment and he died. In 1902 Oct 30th, a young woman
from Napier died on the premises of the "Medical Hall" while under anaesthetic. A frightened professor ran to Dr. ROSS's for assistance, but it was too late.

The Professor and Many Ann MILLS were arrested for murder and committed for trial at the Supreme Court in Napier in February 1903. During the sensational trial Mary MILLS reversed her evidence to testify against MOORE. The jury, was unable to agree, so a new trial was ordered, subsequently the charges against MILLS were dropped.

Moore was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour.The court asked
for mercy, perhaps on account of his age. Moore was then 69. On February 21 an editorial in the Waipawa Mail produced some scathing rhetoric.Suggesting in their haste to get the case to court they bungled and were careless with their evidence. Moore never returned to Waipawa.

Vicars to Service St Peters - Waipawa from 1859

1859-1874.Rev.Edwin WHEELER
1875-1892.Rev.J.C.ECCLES
1893-1898Rev.A.F.GARDINER,
1898-1902.RevW.SWINBURN,
1902-1912.Rev.H.P.COWX,
1910-1911.Rev.H.COLLIER(Acting Priest),
1913. Rev.M.COCKERILL,
1914-1917.Canon T.C.CULLWICK,
1917-1927.Canon.N.W.BUTTERFIELD,
1927-1931.Rev.J.R.PIGGOT,
1931-1938.Rev.W.T.DRAKE,
1938-1946.Rev.W.S.C.STEPHENS,
1946-1949.Rev.R.D.AIRES,
1949-1959.Rev.M.L.CALDER,
1960-1962.Rev.R.M.MURPHY
1963-1967.Rev.J.M.REED,
1968-1972.Rev.J.A.TRINDALL,
1973-1978.ARCHDEADON H.E.ROWE,
1979-1984.Rev A.L.R.CHALMERS,
1984-1989.Rev A HENDERY
1989-.Rev Lois WARBURTON.

St Peter's Cemetery.
The earliest known person at St Peter's Cemetary was one William HOWELLS, on November 24th, 1863. He was first buried at the crossroads of Church Street and Kennilworth street. When St.Peter's cemetary was opened he was exhumed and place in St.Peters.

Of particular interest was one headstone, fashioned from an immense slab of totara. It is in a remarkable state of preservation and is now in the Central Hawke's Bay Settlers' Museum at Waipawa. The totara memorial was erected in memory of Morgan BURKR who
was killed in the Hampden (Tikokino bush) by a falling log on April 2nd 1877. This memorial was erected by fellow bushman Edward BIRT.

Abbotsford Children's Home.
Matrons
Miss Elsie SMITH 1926-28
Miss Alice JONES 1928-36
Miss THOMAS 1936-37
Mrs WILLIAMS 1937-40
Miss L.JOHNSTON .B.E. 1940-61
Mr & Mrs F.L.FLEMING 1961-71
Mr & Mrs M PALMER 1971
Mr & Mrs S.G.Reddy 1971-1986

Catholic Priest.
1879 Father P.McGUINNESS, S.M.
1881 .J. AHERN
1888 T.DAWSON
1892 M.KEEGAN
1895 P.POWER
1898 D.O'SHEA
1902 W.JOHNSTON
1910 W.SAUDERSON
1913 E.BERGIN
1918 T.CAHILL
1920 P.MINOGUE
1925 W.O'DONNELL
1935 T.McDERMOTT
1954 L.JANSEN
1961 R.HUGHES
1966 P.KING
1975 S.LORRIGAN
1981 F.WHITTAKER
1983 P.KERRIDGE
1984 M.MADDEN
1987 J.ROBERTS.

St Columba's Catholic School

1888, under the guidance of Father l. AHERN. The infant teacher at that time was Mr.E.M.McGREEVY.
Lay staff over the next few years included: Misses STEVENS, BOYLE, MALONEY and HOLLIS.

Some of the early families that attended were: MORONEYS, LYONS, BOYLES, COES, SHANLYS, COSGROVES, FLYNNS.

1896
-Families attending were: O'REILLY, COSGROVES, FITZGERALD, LYON, BOYLE, McGREEVY ,HANNON,
MORONEY, MALONEY

List of Pastors in Waipukurau United Methodist Free Church,Waipawa

1869-1872 Robert TAYLOR
No record
1874 Joseph WHITE
1878 John PARKIN
1879 Chas PENNEY
1880 Henry R.WILKINSON
1880 John W WORBOYS AND E.BARNETT
1885 James WRIGLEY
1887 John EDWARDS
1888 Job BENNING
1891 John Wesley GRIFFIN
1896 John J.PENRAY

In 1896 the United Methodist Free Church and Wesleyan Churches in N.Z

United to form the Methodist Church.

Waipawa Methododist Circuit Ordained Ministers
1896 John J.PENDRAY
1897 Frederick QUINTRELL
1899 David WEATHERALL
1900 William S BOWIE
1904 George FROST
1909 Benjamin J JAMES
1911 William J MASLIN
1914 Arthur HARDING
1917 Chas A FOSTON
1921 Wallace S NEAL
1924 Frederick J PARKER

1927-1929 The circuit was supplied by a Home Missionary W.T.HOOPER.

1920 The circuit was reduced to a Home Mission Station and contin'd as
such until 1957

The Home Missionaries appointed were:-
1930 Chas W. BROWN
1931 Harold DYSON-75th Anniversary
1934 Alan O.JONES
1937 Sylvester KEEN
1939 Ray C PATCHETT
Ministers
Revs
1877. J.A.FRASER
1878 J.U.SPENCE
1881 W.O.ROBB
1882 S.DOUGLAS
1887 R.McCLEAN
1889 K.W.JOHNSTON
1902 G.K.STOWELL.
1909 J.T.GUNN,
1914 J.D.SMITH,
1917 F.W.ROBERTSON,
1944 A.H.LOWDEN,
1950 S.R.WISHART
1960 W.J.NEVILL,
1968 A.W.ARMSTRONG,
1975 N.W.JOHNSTON,
1982 H.J.PHILLIPS,
1987 G.A.M.CLOVER

Waipawa District High School Football Team members 1910
L.SEBLEY, F.PACKER, B.HARTLEY, D.DICKSON,? TODD, A.MILBURN, A.McRAE, M.MUNRO, B.COOK, H.McCORMICK, J.PUGH, C.McCORMICK, A.McCORMICK, Alec WATSON, F.TANSEY, S.VERRAN.

Photo C.H.B. Settlers Museum.

Waipawa Brass Band 1899
J.TANNION,W.BROWN,J.HOWARD,Jos COSGROVE,H.STEER,F.PETERSEN,W.MORONEY,L.CARME,D.ANNAUND,A.DOWNER,L.GREENSIDE,R.PELLOW,James
COSGROVE,J.PETERS,M.MURRAY,K.O'HALLORAN,J.STONESIDE,W.ARROW,J.GOLDER,W.GOLDER.
- photo courtesy Miss L. CARNE
Waipawa Racing Club Autumn Meeting May 24,1900

President. Mr W. WHITE
Vice-President J.HARKER
Judge H.H.BRIDGE
Starter T.CAMERON
Hon.Sec & Treas C.M.WHITTINGTON
Timekeeper J.WILLIAMS
Hon.Clerk of Scales C.H.ARROW
Clerk of Totalisator Capt.HOWARD
Hon.Clerk of Course M.C.SYMONS
Hon.Surgeon Dr. J.L.REED
Handicapper J.E.HENRYSStewards- Messrs C.H.ARROW, W.H.RATHBONE, T.BUTLER, C.H.NASH, H.J.JONES, J.PETTIT,
M.C.SYMONS ,W.NICHOLSON, and C.M.WHITTINGTON

Waipawa Junior Football team- Winners of the Hunter Shield-season 1917.

T.W.WILLIS,E.JULL,E.HARE,J.KING,A.WILLIAMS(Referee),N.SEBLEY,J.MORONEY, H.HUTANA, J.MORONEY(coach), D.TEHIKA, T.DUNN, W.HARMAN, L.ROSE(Capt) R.MILBURN,P.IRELAND.B.BIBBY,L.ANSTIS,F.S.NOTH,
Absent: T.ATKINS,W.CHRISTIE,W.MAAKA.
photo courtesy of C.H.B. Settlers Museum

Waipawa Athletic Club Sports Meeting February 26, 1902

Judges-

Messrs H.N.RATHBONE,A.E.JULL,S.McGREEVY(JUN),H.GEBBIE,L.GREMSIDE, W.J.PELLOW, AlexCORSKIE, J.S.ANNAND. J.WILLIAMS, E.RATHBONE, W.H.RATHBONE, C.M.WHITTINGTON, Messrs G & E. OAKENFULL.
Five Mile Bicycle Race Open
G.BRADLEY, A.LORD, T.W.WILLS, W.G.GUTHRIE, C.M.BRUNETTE, H.SYMONDS, A.J.PALMER, W.W.JONES, A.AYRES

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