The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Harper, Thomas, Farmer, “The Shades,” Mangamahu, Fordell. Mr. Harper was born in 1868 at Wanganui, and received his education in the neighbourhood. In 1889 he took up land in the Turakina Valley, and had to cut seven miles of track to get to the property. He afterwards purchased Mr. Lewis' interest in “The Shades,” Upper Wangaehu, and with his brother George, whom he took into partnership, now has an estate of 2300 acres, nearly all cleared and grassed, carrying a good flock of crossbred sheep and a herd of shorthorn cattle. The homestead is situated on a site overlooking the Wangaehu River and surrounding country. Mr. Harper was married in 1892 to Miss Young, and has two sons and one daughter.