Life in Early Poverty Bay
Made Most of his Money After Massacre
Made Most of his Money After Massacre.
When Read retired from business, he was living in Lytton Road where Mr. Barker now lives. He went in for breeding high-class sheep on land owned by him from Lytton Road to Stanley Road, all facing Gladstone Road and Childers Road. It was in a page 170 very rough state and he cleared and ploughed it, and planted maize and trees, some of which may be seen today. Robt. McBretney was his foreman and he spent a heap of money on the property. He died there, his end being sudden, about 1876. His funeral was the biggest ever seen in the district up to that time. He is buried in the family vault at Te Arai, along with his brother Robert. His estate was valued at £130,000. That was the amount on which the probate was paid on, at any rate. The great portion of his money was made from 1868 (after the Massacre). One night Read was having a convivial evening with some friends, my grandfather amongst them, and he was supposed to have said: “You see all the armed forces coming into the place. The Government will have to spend a lot of money; now's our time to get it. I will stick to business.” He was the only one that did so.