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NEW ZEALAND
TAURANGA WORKINGMEN'S LAND ASSOCIATION
FEBRUARY 1880

The Tauranga Workingmen's Land Association was formed in January 1877 for the purpose of acquiring a block of land to form a special settlement. The group thought that the Te Puke Block was well adapted for small holdings and a petition was signed by 48 applicants and forwarded to the Waste Lands Board for 4000 acres under the DP or Deferred-payment system. At formation the chairman was Richard Blake, secretary Francis Anquitel and Thomas Allely was also a member. Unfortunately this petition does not appear to have survived.

However in the Bay of Plenty Times 26 February 1880 p3, a list of the members was published as below: -

In accordance with a request of Mr Percy Smith, Government Surveyor, Auckland, the Workingmen's Land Association has forwarded to the Waste Lands Board the following list of members, with the quantity of land required by each, for settlement in the Te Puke Block:-

ADAMS John C 100
ALLELY Thomas 200
ARNOLD T 100
BIRD William 300
BLAKE Richard 50
BLICK Henry 100
BRENNAN D 100
CLAYTON Henry 320
CORBETT Thomas 320
COX Jesse 100
DARRAGH William 200
FENTON James 320
GILMORE Andrew 320
GILMORE John 200
GRANT Peter 100
GREEN Patrick 50
HALL John 100
HAMILTON Edward 320
HARLAND Thomas 100
HERBERT Michael 100
HERBERT Patrick 100
HICKEY Thomas 100
JORDAN Charles 100
KENNEDY Dennis 100
LEIGHTON C R (Christopher Ross) 100
LOUCH Fitzgibbon 320
LUNDON David 320
MANDENO J H (John Howe) 100
MANDENO W H (William Henry) 100
MARTIN Stephen 200
McCARTER (sic) Joseph 100
McCEVER (Sic) Michael 100
McGONGILE P 200
McKINNEY John 100
McKINNEY Hugh 100
PARKS William 50
PATCHEL James 50
PHILLIPS Windham 50
RAYMOND Thomas 100
READY John 60
RHODES Richard 100
ROACH James 100
RYAN Charles 30
SHEPPARD R 50
SIMPSON Henry 50
SOMERVILLE Thomas 100
STEVEN (SLAVEN) John 100
VICKERY Henry 100
WATT David 200
WILLIAMS Joseph 100
WILLIAMS R (Richard) 100

On the 30 November 1880 options of the Te Puke Peferred Payment blocks opened. Purchasers were to pay 1/20th of the purchase price upon application. For blocks that haved more than one applicant these were to be sold by auction on the 8th December at the Survey Office, Tauranga.

The results of the auction (with underbidders) were:-

Block I Sec 2 Ernest CORBETT -
Block II Sec 1 Thomas CORBETT -
Block II Sec 2 Archibald SNODGRASS Thomas ALLELY, William C BERRIDGE, C ARTINGDALE
Block II Sec 3 Charles Edwin PAGET -
Block II Sec 4 LONGHURST & HAMOND -
Block II Sec 5 Joseph WITHEROW -
Block II Sec 6 Joseph MALYON -
Block II Sec 7 Not sold -
Block II Sec 8 John JAMES -
Block II Sec 9 George MURCH John Peddle BARRINGTON
Block II Sec 10 Joseph RAMSON Joseph MALYON
Block II Sec 11 William Charles BERRIDGE Joseph MALYON
Block II Sec 12 Thomas ALLELY -
Block II Sec 13 Not sold -
Block II Sec 14 Samuel CRAWFORD Caleb LALLY & Joseph Rice WILLIAMS
Block II Sec 15 James FENTON & Charles RYAN -
Block II Sec 16 Caleb LALLY & Joseph Rice WILLIAMS -
Block II Sec 17 John Peddle BARRINGTON -
Block II Sec 20 Bryan CHAYTOR & Fox Maule CARNACHAN Ernest CORBETT
Block II Sec 21 (Charles?) JORDAN & Thomas RAYMOND -
Block II Sec 22 William Thomas SMITH -
Block V Sec 3 W H SMITH -

On the 5 April 1881 the Bay of Plenty Times reported that the last two deferred-payment blocks in Te Puke were taken up by John DUNCAN and Barrie TAYLOR. Presumably this is the two un-sold blocks above.



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