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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Mrs. Fyson's Narrow Escape From Massacre

Mrs. Fyson's Narrow Escape From Massacre.

A narrow escape in the Poverty Bay massacre was experienced by Mrs. Fyson, who by the way was a daughter of Mr. Forbes, a wellknown local builder. He was engaged in constructing a woolshed at Waerenga-a-hika when a workman said he had received information that the Hauhaus were coming down. Mr. Forbes said he intended to stay, but all the workmen thought otherwise and in his temporary absence, all left in a body. As no good could be gained by remaining, Mr Forbes left and with his family went to Auckland. A few days later the Poverty Bay massacre occurred. It is interesting to note that Mr. Forbes built the Catholic Church in Gisborne in 1878 or 1879, and also built a house on Whataupoko next to where Mr. Lysnar is now living. That house is still standing despite the fact that it must be sixty years since its erection.