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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Mr. Samuel Bradley

Mr. Samuel Bradley is well-known throughout the Colony amongst sportsmen as the owner of “Impulse,” “Swordfish II.,” and other well-known racers. “Impulse” won the New Zealand Cup in 1895, as well as the Auckland Easter Handicap in 1891 and 1893. In 1893 “Impulse” carried 8 stone 12 pounds, and won the race in the fast time of 2 minutes 37 seconds. Mr. Bradley's “Swordfish II.” also won the Egmont (Taranaki) and Wanganui Cups in 1898. Mr. Bradley was born at One-hunga, in 1852, and is the youngest son of one of the pioneers of that place—Mr. Joseph Bradley, who arrived in New Zealand about 1849. At an early age Mr. Bradley was engaged in running a ferry service between Mangere and Onehunga, and his brothers Joseph and William subsequently inaugurated a coastal line of cutters—“Willie Winkie,” “Andante,” and “Dawn”—trading from Onehunga to West Coast ports. Mr. Bradley afterwards separated from his brothers, and commenced business as a general carrier, timber and coal merchant; at the same time he owned the schooner “Agnes Donald,” which was employed in the interprovincial and South Seas trade. About the year 1882 he joined Mr. Mander, and the firm now owns some of the most valuable tracts of forest in the district of Auckland.