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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

St. Helen's

St. Helen's.

St. Helen's is one mile from Seddonville, and the same distance from Mokihinui, near the mouth of the river of that name. It is twenty-eight miles distant from Westport, and forms part of the Karamea riding of the county of Buller, in the electoral district of Motueka, and the provincial district of Nelson. The population of St. Helen's was not separately recorded at the census of 1901, but was evidently included in the 331 persons returned as residents in Mokihinui Valley, in which it lies. Besides its flag railway station, St. Helen's has an hotel, and a store, where the business of the post office is conducted. The surrounding country is largely covered with bush, but many of the residents have small homesteads, some of them of only a few acres. St. Helen's is on the south side of the Mokihinui river.

The St. Helen's Post Office and Telephone Bureau are conducted at the store of Mr. Timothy Corby. There is telephonic communication with Karamea. Mr. Corby's store was established in the year 1889, and is well stocked with grocery, drapery and boots. There is also a butchery business in connection with the establishment.

Mr. Timothy Corby , besides being nostmaster, storekeeper, and butcher, is also a successful farmer, and employs about six persons. He is turther referred to as a member of the Buller County Council.

Kynnersly Hotel (Thomas Quinn, proprietor), St. Helen's. This hotel has been established for many years, and is at the mouth of the Mokihinui river, a short distance below St. Helen's. It contains sixteen rooms, and there is good accommodation and a moderate tariff. Good fishing and shooting can be obtained in the neighbourhood.

Mr. Thomas Quinn , Proprietor of the Kynnersly Hotel, was born in Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland, in the year 1874. He came to New Zealand with his parents at an early age, and for eight years resided in the Oamaru district. Mr. Quinn afterwards removed to the West Coast, and was educated at Dennston. For several years he worked in the Donniston mines, and in the year 1899 went to Seddonville, where he was employed in the State mine. In November, 1904, Mr. Quinn acquired the Kynnersly Hotel. As a Freemason, he is Worshipful Master of Lodge Mokihinui, No. 96, New Zealand Constitution.

Mr. T. Quinn.

Mr. T. Quinn.

Mumm's Sawmill (Detlef Peter Mumm, proprietor), Mumm's Siding, Summerlea. St. Helen's. This mill was established in the year 1903. The plant consists of a ten horse-power Johnston portable engine, a six-horse power hauling engine, an American planer, and a vertical breaking-down saw. From eight to ten persons are employed.

Mr. Detlef Peter Mumm Proprietor and manager of Mumm's sawmill, was born in Sculeswig-Holstein, Germany, in the year 1858. He followed a seafaring life for about fifteen years, and gained a first officer's certificate. In
Mr. D. P. Mumm.Vinsen, photo.

Mr. D. P. Mumm.
Vinsen, photo.

1889, Mr. Mumm came to New Zealand by the ship “Electra,” and in the same year joined the Government steamer “Hinemoa,” as second officer. Later, he was appointed first officer of the “Stella,” and, in 1890, the Marine Department appointed him mate of the “Lawrence.” Mr. Mumm afterwards took charge of the wharf for the Mokihinui Coal Company, and was engaged in bridge building, and in running a locomotive engine for Mr. Corby. In the year 1898, he fitted up engines for the Westport-Cardiff Coal Company, and, for some time, rented the mill of Marris Bros. As a Freemason, Mr. Mumm is a member of Lodge Mokihinui, No 96. New Zealand Constitution, and is a Past Master and Past Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. He is also Principal in Lodge Kawativi, 21, under the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand, and in connection with the Grand Lodge he is Junior Grand Deacon. Mr. Mumm married, in the year 1885, and has, surviving, eleven children.

Stewart, Charles, Settler, St. Helen's. Mr. Stewart was born in the year 1855, in Belfast, Ireland, where he was educated. At the age of fifteen he became a cadet on a China tea clipper, but followed a sea-faring life page 206 for only eighteen months. Mr. Stewart afterwards came to New Zealand, and was goldmining at Wakamarino and Kumara. He subsequently settled on a five-acre block at St. Helen's. Mr. Stewart is the Seddonville correspondent of the “Westport Times.”