John DUNBAR-DUNCAN 165
- Born: Abt 1835, Dundee, Angus-Shire, Scotland 165
- Marriage: Mary Ann GOODALL on 15 Sep 1859 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand 165
- Died: 1 Nov 1926, Nelson Public Hospital, Nelson, New Zealand aged about 91 165
[Nelson Moorhouse ftw.FTW]
Listed in the 1879/80 Motueka District Electoral Roll as a ratepayer.
Quote from The Jubilee History of Nelson, by Lowther Broad 1892.
Mr Duncan of Riwaka, who came out in the 'Fifeshire', and was only a young lad in 1844, says: - We and many others went over to Riwaka; there they built two rows of houses, with posts and mud, and thatched with toi-toi. Shortly after this the Wairau Massacre occurred, when everyone in the place thought we should all be killed. All the men kept watch every night; they were all armed with guns; some at the old pa entrance,and some at the new pa entrance, to see that no fresh arrivals come in.Soon after this Mr Stephens started to survey Riwaka, and roads and ditches were formed on both sides of the Riwaka River, and right across the plain to the Motueka River. There was one store called the Company's store, where all the people got their provisions. The sugar was as black as tar. Then came the smash, the Company broke, and what little was in the store was divided amongst all hands. The people did not know what to do; they had neither money nor food. Money, however, was no good in Riwaka, as there was nothing to buy, Some of the people had a little flour, and made flour gruel to make it spin out, Some gathered sow thistles and boiled them; others dug up the potatoes they had planted,and peeled them to eat, and planted the skins. I have seen the shoots of the potatoes planted. How long this state of things lasted I cannot tell,but I know we lived on potatoes a good while, and when we got bread we did not like it. Then people began to dig and sow small patches of wheat,and then food began to be more plentiful. But clothes were very scarce. I remember my mother made me a suit of clothes out of a three-bushell sack,trousers and all. I was quite proud of them, and many others were dressed in the same manner."
In the Nelson Evening Mail during the first part of 1899, J.D. Duncan ran a front page advert:
" J.D. Duncan wishes to notify the public that he RUNS A CONVEYANCE to and from the village of Motueka on the arrival and departure of Steamers.Fare - sixpence. "
1909 Wises directory:
Jno. Dunbar Duncan, mail contr, Motueka.
Obituary, 4th Nov 1926:
In the death of Mr John D. Duncan of Riwaka, the district loses one of it's oldest settlers. He had reached the ripe old age of 91 years. Born in Dundee in 1835, deceased, in company with his parents, came to New Zealand in the Fifeshire in 1841, their home being made at Riwaka. Before the advent of the motor car, the late Mr Duncan, for many years ran a mail service from Motueka to the Port, and was a well known figure on the road. He was one of the oldest members of the Riwaka Lodge of Oddfellow s . Deceased is survived by a family of six daughters and one son: - Mrs Maurice McNabb, Upper Hutt; Mrs J. Lovell, Motueka; Mrs W. Mickell,Umukuri; Mrs F. Nalder, Wanganui; Mrs F.H. Talbot, Motueka; Mrs AlbertAskew, Riwaka; Mr William Duncan, Riwaka. There are 36 grandchildren, 54great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
John married Mary Ann GOODALL, daughter of David GOODALL and Sarah, on 15 Sep 1859 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand.165 (Mary Ann GOODALL was born in 1836 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England 165, christened on 11 Aug 1836 in St. Peter's, Leeds, Yorkshire, England and died on 20 Feb 1876 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand 165.)