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Life in Early Poverty Bay

My Boyhood Days

My Boyhood Days.

My boyhood from the age of six was spent in Gisborne. My first school master was Mr. W. Dean Lysnar, father of Mr. W. D. Lysnar, M.P. The school was on the corner of Lowe Street and Childers Road, opposite the R.C. church. The hotel opposite, now the “Gisborne,” was then the “Shamrock” kept by Tom Scrivener. Next to the school in Lowe Street was John Dick's shop, where he was blacksmith and wheelwright. We loved to gather round the forge to watch “the many sparks that fly like wheat on a threshing floor.” One day, whilst watching the process of shoeing a horse, my earthly career was nearly ended. After the farrier had fitted the shoe to the foot, he threw down the fitting spike and a boy picked it up and threw it at me. Fortunately, it only hit me a glancing blow on the head, or my “lights” would have been out.