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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Gisborne in the Seventies

Gisborne in the Seventies.

After his return from active service early in the seventies, Mr. Thelwall secured 250 acres at Patutahi, at a Native lease of 5/- an acre, the term being for 21 years. Mr. William Smith went into partnership with him and occupied the land while Mr. Thelwall worked as overseer for Johnson Bros., and Westrupp at Wharekia station, near Muriwai. After a few years the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Thelwall took to shearing at Te Arai, working for Mr. Woodbine Johnson. Then he resolved to commence butchering, with his slaughterhouse at Makaraka and the shop in Gisborne. His first purchase was 100 fat wethers. The Gisborne shop was at the end of Captain Read's wharf, which ran out into the river at a point where the Band Rotunda now stands.