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Life in Early Poverty Bay


Amongst the earlier Mayors who did good service for the town is Mr. C A. deLautour, who, in his retirement, enjoys the esteem of a host of friends. Mr. DeLautour was born in India and came out to New Zealand in 1863, landing at Auckland. He first settled in Otago and gained a seat on the Provincial Council, and, later, was a member of the House of Representatives for Mt. Ida. Coming north again, Mr. deLautour paid his initial visit to Gisborne 48 years ago, but he spent two years in Napier before permanently settling in Poverty Bay, where he has been prominent in local body and business circles.

In the course of an interview, Mr. deLautour threw some interesting light on the relativity of Gisborne to other parts of New Zealand and on the trials of the settlers in the good old days of nearly half a cenutry ago.