Our House



Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Last weekend, mummy went on a house and garden tour to one of the oldest houses in the area. The site has been lived on since the early 1840’s, which in terms of New Zealand history is an eternity.  It was first owned by Dr Allison,  The following is from: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District] Farmers, Old Settlers etc.

Allison, (Dr.) James, Sheepfarmer, Wanganui. This pioneer colonist landed in Wellington in 1840, afterwards settling in Wanganui, where he remained seven years. He then removed to the South Island, taking up a sheep-run in the Wairau Valley. In 1855 he sold out and again came to the Wanganui District. Twelve years later he left the Colony to visit the Old Country, but died on the voyage.”

HouseNow this got mummy thinking about our house.  Not a lot is known about when our house was built.  There has been a farm called Oeta (the mountain in Greece where Heracles died) since the earlier 1860’s, originally owned by Henry Sarjeant who gifted the property to his very much younger wife upon their wedding in 1893.

In 1917 the property was sold to Jimmy Hunter. He was part of the 1905 Original All Black tour of the United Kingdom.  Jimmy Hunter died in 1962. His son Moore Hunter took over the farm and was living here when the following book was published.

What we know about the history of our house is written in a book called “The Road to Mangamahu“.  Mummy was very pleased to be able to buy a copy of this book for NZ$50.  She has seen the same book listed on Trade Me (New Zealand’s version of Ebay) for NZ$190.  The book was published in 1988.



Another book which mentions  our property is “No Epitaph”,
written by Felicity Campbell, published in 2008.

IMG_5266IMG_5267It is the story of the murder of Ethel Bennier by her husband, Frank in 1917.  She was killed on a worker’s cottage on the farm.  The cottage is still lived in.IMG_5268Just a little glimpse into our past.

Me and Nellie have been hearing mummy and daddy talking about the possibility of getting another Me!!.  Imagine that, another large white shedding woofing dog living with Us.  What fun We could all have.

Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.


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14 Responses to Our House

  1. indyandlucy says:

    Love the history of things

  2. There will never be another you, but a large, white, woofing, shedding doggie will be a blast!

    Love and licks,

  3. Wow, your house is famous. But a murder! Do you have ghosts? I wonder if your folks are trying to duplicate having white hairy animals cover the property, like how the sheep did in the past??

  4. corkscot says:

    We are the second owners of our house which was built in 1978. This part of Florida was swamp area. Having history behind you is wonderful. Tell your parents that three is one more than you need. I have three Scotties and the last one put everything over the top. Just saying.

  5. Kismet says:

    Our house has no history. The peeps had it built. Kyla was the third inhabitant. My male peep grew up around historic places, mostly from the colonial times and the US Revolutionary War. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau planned the end of the war in that small town.

  6. So interesting….we need to know more, as Mama and I know so little about New Zealand( our bad ) And if there will be three, be nice to the new pup, cause it’s hard to be three. Skyler

  7. fredrieka says:

    sweet,, Momwithoutpaws loves to learn history from our elders, they know all about our property and love to tell stories about the old Hickey house.

  8. so cool to know the history of your home and acreage! and to find it in publications too! One can never have too many big white shedding woofing bestest maremmas in all the land (funny, autocorrect keeps wanting to say “beset marimbas”. I don’t know what woofing beset marimbas would sound like…)

  9. kittiesblue says:

    It’s very cool to know the history of your home. Our peeps know quite a bit about our house which was built in 1912 by a man named Robert E. Lee Abbott, He owned the local lumber yard. Guess you can tell by the name that we live in the south. Our mom has also visited the farm and home that was built by her great grandfather in Northern Va. Keep us posted about any new white, furry additions to your household. Thanks for hopping. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  10. briansmaller says:

    Reblogged this on The Woolshed Wargamer and commented:
    Just some background history to our property and some of the neighbouring properties in our valley.

  11. Piglove says:

    Love this history my friends! Thank you so very much for sharing this. XOXO – Bacon

  12. Maybe there are ghosts in the cottage, and they are gonna start a rampage on the 100th anniversary of Ethel’s murder. (Hiding under covers now) – Ainsley

  13. How warming to know there are houses with documented history – and you have copies and stories to read. Delightful indeed.
    Oh, yes, doggies need friends since there is room to run..perhaps one really really needs a home and safe companions who won’t lead him/her into trouble….that certainly means your place is perfect!

  14. Hi Y’all!

    I could win lots of points with my Human if you tell me your mum’s secret to makin’ all your sheddin’ disappear.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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