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Michael DIXON 27

  • Born: 1810, Coventry, Warwickshire, England
  • Christened: 16 Nov 1810, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
  • Marriage (1): Sarah SHEPHERD on 25 Jul 1831 in St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
  • Marriage (2): Christina GILBERT on 13 Dec 1855 in St. Peter's, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Died: 13 Aug 1883, Kuripuni, Wairarapa, New Zealand at age 73
  • Buried: 14 Aug 1883, Row A, Plot MD, Old Ground, Archer St Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand

bullet  General Notes:

Michael Dixon left Dartmouth, England on June 15th, 1841 at the age of 30 with his wife Sarah aged 33 and sons aged 13, 8 and 3 together with a daughter aged 7 and an infant daughter (Emma). They arrived at Port Nicholson aboard the vessel Arab on the 16th of October 1841. Michael had been apprenticed at an early age in the ribbon weaving trade in his birthplace, Coventry but his interests lay more in agriculture hence perhaps his selection for immigration to New Zealand. In Wellington he was employed as a warder at the Wellington gaol until going into business in Karoroi as a dairy farmer/milkman. His wife Sarah died in 1843. In 1851 bush fires in Karori destroyed Michael's house and contents and soon after he turned his attention to the Wairarapa Valley, then known as Waidrap. In 1854 Michael and his daughter Emma travelled over the Rimitukas with the first party of Small Farm Association of Wellington settlers. The journey of two weeks with a small mob of cattle was difficult and dangerous with nineteen river crossings having to be made before the party reached the present site of Masterton on May 21st 1854. Others in the party were a John Cole and David Dixon who was the son of the unrelated family of Charles and Mary Dixon. Michael built a Whare (bush hut) at Kuripuni and began a retail trade with the local Maoris. The trade goods were bought by packhorse from Wellington with Michael usually in control. If a swollen river had to be crossed, Michael would dismount and hold on to the horses tail as it swam across! On Dec 13th, 1855 he married Christina Jones at St Peters Church, Wellington. As the Masterton district grew, Michael's circumstances improved and he bought land and built houses. His marriage to Christina was troubled culminating with her departure to Wellington on his only horse. Undaunted, Michael walked to Wellington found the horse outside the New Zealander hotel, mounted it and returned to Masterton. Michael lived a comfortable life in his house at Kuripuni until his old age with the sale of land, interest on loans and rents from houses creating a steady income. At the time of his death in 1883 he was worth about 2,000 Pounds which was a tidy sum in those times. He willed much of his estate to his brothers and sisters in England. At that time Charlotte Allen and Emma Adams were his only surviving children. Michael St in Masterton which was originally called Michael Dixon St was named after him.


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Cemetery. Record 000216
Row: A
Plot: MD
Date of death: 00
Date of burial: 14/08/1883

Emigration, 1841, Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand.


Michael married Sarah SHEPHERD on 25 Jul 1831 in St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England. (Sarah SHEPHERD was born about 1808 in Warwickshire, England and died in Nov 1843 in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

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Michael next married Christina GILBERT, daughter of James GILBERT and Jean CURRIE, on 13 Dec 1855 in St. Peter's, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. (Christina GILBERT was born on 25 Aug 1837 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland., christened on 26 Aug 1837 in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and died in 1898 in Rissington, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

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