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MacKERSEY John 1877
Waipawa or (Abbot's-Ford.
Abouth the time Henry Arrow who recorded census population , the need arose to have some kind or organised body within the township to look after the welfare of its people. It was decided to call a meeting. It was resolved to elect 3 to five to watch its interests in this and local matters
The following were then duly elected to form the said committee.F.S.ABBOTT E.BIBBY W.RATHBONE S.WINSORR. PHILLIPS Chairman
Unfortunately no date was recorded on minutes but would seem to be 1868
One of first duties was to compile a list of residents for a "Patrol Group" for this was a time of native unrest.
Waipawa Patrol List- Nov 1868-
COLLINS KENNEDY, BIBBY, DUNCAN, LIDDLE.
N.McGREEVY, WINSOR, GREENSIDE, J.SEBLEY HALPIN, PHILLIPS
Peter BOIS, HORAN, T.SMITH, TODD, DAVIS, W.SMITH, DURAND
MARONEY, LLOYD, GREGORY, ROBB, COWPER, HAMELING
HOTHAM, S.McGREEVY, H.SEBLEY, RATHBONE, BRITTEN, CLOUD
HANCOCK .BRADLEY, BUNTING, ROSE, ABBOTT, BENNETT
ARROW, TAGGART, HATTIS, SULLIVAN, OFFOR, ABBOTT
FORM AT THE courthouse at Midnight.
A point that needs clarifying is the name Abbottsford. As far as ascertained, prior to F.S.ABBOTT taking up the land it was known by its pretty Maori name of Waipawa.
Several meanings of thisname are proffered. Perhaps the most popular being Smokey Water. Abbotsford Smith suggests long ago a party of Maoris had been gathering shellfish at the beach and on their return one of the party, a young wahine stooped to drink from the river- a pawa (paua) fell from the sack she was carrying into the water. The sight of the shellfish in the fresh water appealed to her sense of humour and she exclaimed "Wai pawa", from that day forward the local Maoris referred to that sport as Waipawa.
Gradually the inhabitants began referring to their town
as Waipawa again. Perhaps if Abbott had remained instead of returning
to England his name may have endured.
©2002-2005 Barbara Andrew
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