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Life in Early Poverty Bay


“Early in 1860 my parents, with their family of three children, of whom I was the eldest, my Uncle Henry being another of the party, came to New Zealand in the clipper ship Red Jacket, commanded by one Reed,' remarked Mr Wm. Parker, of Mangapapa to a Times interviewer. “Amongst the passengers were Thomas Powdrell, his wife and three grown-up children, Mary Ann, Emma and Henry. They were friends of my parents and came from Cheshire where my father's people had resided for many generations. Other passengers included Mr John Eldon Gorst, who shortly after landing became a magistrate in Waikato and was very conspicuous in the early stages of the war there, and the Reverend Von Dadelszen, the latter bringing a large family with him, one of whom was Otto, afterwards manager of the Union Bank of Australia at Gisborne.

“Shortly after our arrival in Hawke's Bay, my father and uncle went into partnership with a Mr William Rich as stock dealers, shippers and butchers, and as their business employed many hands, most of whom came from Auckland, there were some characters amongst them, and it was a pretty hot shop out of which it was most difficult for my mother to keep me.