Agnes Spackman was born at Silverstream, Hutt Valley, on the
1847, the daughter of George and Sarah Spackman nee Southam, who had
arrived in Wellington on the Bolton in 1840. Agnes was the first white girl born in Silverstream.
On the 7 October 1867
Agnes married William Henry Bosley at Lower Hutt. The couple later moved to Normanby where they
lived until 1878 before moving to what is now Eltham. The first settlers began arriving in the
Eltham area in the late 1870s and took up farm sections, mainly 50 acres blocks
along Mountain Road. The area was covered in
very thick bush and until enough land was cleared to pitch a tent and later
build a whare, everyone and everything came from Normanby through the bush
along the old Mountain Road. Eltham township
was not surveyed until 1880. William and
Agnes took us land on what is now Rowe’s honey farm.
The settlers only form of income often was
to take work wherever possible, and William worked at various sawmills in the
area. Agnes’s father was often referred
to as “Doctor Spackman” and even though he did not
qualify as a doctor, it was understood that he had trained to be one. This is probably the reason that Agnes became
the first midwife in the Eltham area.
Agnes and William’s daughter Sarah Jane,
who was born on the 25 August 1881, was reported to
be the first white girl born in Eltham.
She married George Lawrence Taylor in the Primitive Methodist Church, Eltham
on the 3
September 1902, and the couple farmed all over
South Taranaki. Sarah died on the 21 January 1961 at New Plymouth and is buried at Awanui
Agnes Bosley died
on the 23
September 1938 aged 91 years, 40 years
after her husband, and is buried at Te Henui
cemetery, New Plymouth.
Myrtle Willis, Matapu (granddaughter)
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