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.”
Now 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.
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.