The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Ransom, Vincent C.
Ransom, Vincent C., Settler, Rongotea. An early and prominent settler, Mr. Ransom arrived in the district in 1878, at a time when there were no roads. Though the country at that time was covered with dense bush, Mr. Ransom soon made his mark. This land is now cleared, fenced, subdivided, and covered with a thick sward of grasses, and supports a fine herd of dairy cattle. As settlement advanced Mr. Ransom took a prominent part in public affairs, and was chairman of the school committee, the county council, and the cemetery board, and is at present (1896) chairman of the dairy factory. He also took a leading part in securing Prohibition for the district. Born in London in 1852, Mr. Ransom came to the Colony in 1854, in the ship “Cornwall.” Landing at Wellington, he removed to the Hutt, where he was educated. In 1875 he married Miss Knight, of the Lower Hutt, and has six boys and three girls.