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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love.

What led this William Brown to forsake his roving life on the ocean wave to partake of the hardships incidental to pioneering life in this isolated part of the Dominion amongst Natives who had, up till that time, come into contact with but few Europeans, is not known. It is, however, well authenticated that he did not page 152 leave the vessel with the master's permission, for he had signed on for a three years' voyage. In short, William Brown quietly slipped ashore one dark evening on the Kaiti beach and succeeded in keeping under cover until his good ship could not be detained any longer and had to resume her voyage to England.

From what can be learned, William Brown came of a good family. His people, it is generally supposed, were English, but, even on that point his grandchild, Mahaki Brown, of Puha, for instance, is far from emphatic, having come to the conclusion that he might also have had Scottish blood in his veins. At all events William Brown had some petty difference with his people and, in consequence, he decided to quit the British Isles and see something of the wide, wide world for himself.

In those early days of pakeha venturesomeness in these parts it was highly advantageous for an intruder to get into the good books of an influential Native chief, and it so happens that it was William Brown's good fortune to find favor with no less a Native nobleman than Kahutia, for history records that, very soon after he landed here, Kahutia gave him for a wife one of his relatives. Maybe, this particular damsel may have lured William Brown from his duties aboard ship.

The young Native woman who became Mrs. William Brown could trace her descent thuswise—Te Kaapa begat Ruku and Tu Tapu. Ruku begat Kahutia, who begat Ripirata Kahutia, who begat Lady Carroll. Tu Tapu begat Apikara, who begat Hine Whati o te Rangi, the wife of William Brown.