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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]



Dreyerton, a small farming district in the Wairarapa North County, is seventy-four miles from Wellington, and seven miles from Masterton. The nearest railway station is Kopuaranga, and the conveyance thence is by road. In educational matters the wants of the rising generation are provided for by a public school, at which the average attendance is about forty. Mails for Dreyerton close at Wellington daily at 6.45 a.m., arriving at Dreyerton at 12.30 p.m. The return mail for Wellington closes at Dreyerton daily at noon, arriving at Wellington at 7.50 p.m. The residents in the district are chiefly engaged in farming pursuits.

McKay, Robert, Farmer, Koukopuranga Farm, Dreyerton. Born in 1844 in Scotland, where he was educated, Mr. McKay came to Port Chalmers in 1867 by the ship “William Davy.” After working some years as a shepherd he went to Wellington, becoming manager for the late Mr. George Hunter, of Island Bay, eight years later. He settled in the Wairarapa, acquiring the present farm, on which he has resided for many years. Mr. McKay is married and has five children. He is in local matters interested as a member of the Caledonian Society, and of the Masterton Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

Photo by D. Wilton, Masterton. Mr. R. McKay.

Photo by D. Wilton, Masterton.
Mr. R. McKay

McKenzie, Donald, Farmer, Myrtle Farm, Dreyerton, Mr. McKenzie is a well-known and respected settler. Born in 1836 in Ross-shire, Scotland, where he was educated, Mr. McKenzie left for the Antipodes in 1860 by the ship “British Trident.” After ten years in New South Wales, he came to New Zealand and settled in the Wairarapa in 1871. For some time he was engaged in contracting, but afterwards took up 100 acres of land and became a farmer. His sons, who have added to the property, have taken over the management of the farm. Mr. McKenzie has eight children, two of his daughters being married.

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Photo by D. Wilton, Masterton. Mr. D. McKenzie.

Photo by D. Wilton, Masterton.
Mr. D. McKenzie