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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

North Taieri

North Taieri.

The North Taieri District School is conducted in a wooden building—plastered and well ventilatpd throughout—which was erected in 1888. In the very early days teaching was carried on by Mr. Findlay in a large mud hut, with a thatched roof—the only school in the district. In 1862 the Provincial Government took over the school, erected a more suitable building, and appointed as master Mr. George Blyth Anderson who has held the position ever since. Since 1894 there has been an average attendance of between forty and fifty scholars. In the Provincial Government's time the attendance was 180, but through the erection of schools at Mosgiel, Outram, and Wylie's Crossing, the pupils have been divided. Miss Georgina Anderson assists her father, and acts as sewing mistress.

Mr. George Blyth Anderson , Master in charge of the North Taieri District School, was born in 1836, in Jamaica, West Indies, where his father was a clergyman. He was educated at the Glasgow High School, and later on took the arts course at Glasgow University. Mr. Anderson arrived in Auckland in 1858, and from 1860 to 1862 served through the Maori war in the Taranaki district, for which he holds the New Zealand war medal. At the conclusion of the war he came to North Taieri, where he has since resided. Mr. Anderson has always taken an active part in all social matters in the district, and was the means of forming a debating society, which became very popular among the young people. He was married, in 1864, to a daughter of Mr. Andrew Waters,

Fraser, Mrs Elizabeth , Farmer, “Maneroo,” North Taieri. “Maneroo” is a freehold property of 118 acres, close to the township of Mosgiel. Mixed farming is successfully carried on, and about 275 sheep, mostly crossbreds, are kept. The land provides first class pasture. A little cropping is done, but most of the land is given over to the sheep. The other stock on the farm includes a few cows and eight fine draught horses. The homestead is practically a new house of eight rooms, and is well built and furnished, and surrounded by well-kept green lawns.

Mr. Thomas Campbell Eraser , M.A., was born at Strathaffric, Invernessshire? Scotland, on the 18th of July, 1834, and took his degrees at the University of Aberdeen. For many years he was engaged in teaching at Windlescham, Surrey, England, but, ou account of bad health, decided to emigrate to the colonies. He arrived in
The Late Mr. T. C. Fraser.

The Late Mr. T. C. Fraser.

Australia in the seventies, and after a few years spent in teaching in a private school in Victoria, he came over to New Zealand, and arrived in Otago in 1880. For nineteen years he was master of the Woodside school, West Taieri, but subsequently resigned that position, and bought the farm on which his widow and children now reside. Mr. Fraser was of a retiring disposition, and, on account of ill-health, took no part in public affairs. He was married, in 1878, to a daughter of Mr. John Myers, of Victoria, Australia. Mr. Fraser died in 1903, leaving a widow, five sons and two daughters.
Findlay, Charles And James , Farmers, “Findlayston,” North Taieri. This farm was originally started in 1859 by the late Mr. John Findlay, father of the present proprietors, and comprises about 475 acres of rich flat land, situated close to the Mosgiel township. Mixed farming is carried on and about twenty cows are kept for dairying purposes. A few Shropshire Down rams and 300 Romney crossbred ewes are depastured, and during the season other sheep are bought and fattened up for the market. Wheat crops on “Findlayston” average fifty bushels, and oats eighty bushels to the acre. In 1902 the crops of velvet wheat yielded seventy bushels. When the land was bought it was little more than a bog, but, under a system of careful drainage, it has turned out to be equal to page 638
The Late Mr. J. Findlay, Mrs Findlay And Family.

The Late Mr. J. Findlay, Mrs Findlay And Family.

some of the best land in the county of Taieri. There are two homesteads on the farm; one occupied by Mrs John Findlay, and the other by Mr. Charles Findlay. The outbuildings, which are excellent in plan and structure, are kept in first class condition.

Mr. Charles Findlay was born on Findlayson Farm, and educated at the North Taieri district school. After leaving school, he began to learn farming, and on the death of their father, he and his brother took over the management of the estate. Mr. Findlay is on the committee of the Taieri Agricultural Society, and also a member of the Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Association. As an Oddfellow, he is a member of the Hand and Heart Lodge at Mosgiel, and has served as a volunteer in the Taieri Hussars. Mr. Findlay was married, in 1899, to a daughter of Mr. Robert Gawn, of Deerpark, North Taieri.

Mr. John Findlay , sometime of Findlayston Farm, North Taieri, was born in Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 30th of April, 1824, and was brought up to an agricultural life. He landed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1852, and after spending six years at the Ballarat goldmines, came over to New Zealand, and bought the property at North Taieri, where, after a return trip to Australia to settle up his mining business. he made his home. Mr. Findlay took an active interest in all public and local matters and was ever ready to give his time and attention to the advancement and the welfare of the district. He was married, in 1870. to Miss Elizabeth White, of Stewarton, Scotland. Mr. Findlay died on the 9th of October. 1903, leaving a widow, four sons, and one daughter.

Gibson, R. And A. P. (Robert Gibson and Arthur P. Gibson), Farmers, “Keinton,” North Taieri. “Keinton” consists of 300 acres lying at the foot of the hills, and the land is admirably adapted for sheep and cattle. A large number of sheep are fattened yearly, while about 200 Border Leicester crossbred ewes are kept for breeding purposes; twelve cows are milked, and the product sent to the creamery. Messrs Gibson also work the Silver Peak run, which consists of 13,000 acres, at Mount Allan, where 7000 Border Leicester crossbred sheep are grazed.

Mr. Robert Gibson , the Senior Partner, was born in Haddingtonshire, Scotland, in 1836, and arrived with his parents at Port Chalmers by the ship “Blundell” in 1848. For the first six years he was engaged in shepherding in the Waitahuna district, and later was with Mr. N. McGregor, of North Taieri. Subsequently he bought land and commenced farming on the present property at North Taieri, where he continued his operations for forty years. In 1839 Mr. Gibson retired from the active management of the property, in favour of his son, whom he had taken into partnership, and he now resides on the Factory road, about a mile from Mosgiel. He was elected chairman of the Taieri County Council in 1903. Mr. Gibson was married, in 1859, to a daughter of Mr. William Petrie, of Durris, Scotland, and has a grown-up family of eight sons and four daughters.

Mr. Arthur P. Gibson , the Junior Partner, is a son of Mr. Robert Gibson, and was born in 1868, and educated at the North Taieri district school, and the Normal School, Dunedin. After a time spent with his father on the home farm, he acquired the Silver Peak run, and worked it successfully for twelve years, subsequently combining it with the home farm, which he owns in partnership with his father. Mr. Gibson has been well known as a football player, and was one of Otago's representatives against the first English team that visited New Zealand. He also played in the match against the Maori football team, and has helped to maintain the prestige of Otago in various other matches. Mr. Gibson was married, in 1892, to a daughter of Mr. Adam Oliver, of Mosgiel, and has two sons and two daughters.

The Silverstream Estate , North Taieri. This estate covers an area of 2800 acres, and is the property of Mrs James D. Mowat, having been bequeathed to her by her father, the late Mr. Neil McGregor. With the exception of forty acres the land is all hilly, and is used as a sheep run. At present (1904) the estate is leased to Mr. John Curry, and about 800 Border Leicester crossbred sheep are grazed, and an aveagc of 300 lambs fattened yealy for the market. The Silverstream river runs through the property; hence the name.

Mrs James D. Mowat , who owns the Silverstream estate, is a daughter of the late Mr. Neil McGregor, and was born in the Taieri county, and educated at the Wellington Convent. She was married, in 1878, to Mr. James D. Mowat, who died in 1886, leaving two sons and one daughter.

Mr. Neil Mcgregor , sometime of Silverstream estate, North Taieri. was born in Caithness-shire. Scotland, in 1817. Before leaving the Old Country, when in business in Dunfermline, he bought some land in the Taieri county, Otago, New Zealand. Ho arrived in Nelson in 1830, by the ship “Berkshire,” and shortly afterwards came down to Otago to farm the land he had purchased. On his arrival, however, Mr. McGregor found that the property was too small and nearly all bog, so he disposed of it, and bought a farm at East Taieri. naming it “The Grange.”
The Late Mr. N. McGregor.

The Late Mr. N. McGregor.

Eleven years later he acquired the Silver-stream estate, where he successfully carried on sheepfarming until his death. Mr. McGregor was a keen business man, and highly page 639
Messrs Andrew, Robert And Samuel Smellie, And Miss C. Smellie.

Messrs Andrew, Robert And Samuel Smellie, And Miss C. Smellie.

respected throughout the district. He married Miss Margaret Ogilvie, and there is a surviving family of one son and three daughters.

Smellie Brothers (Peter Smellie, Andrew Smellie, Robert Smellie, and Samuel Smellie), Farmers, “Duddingston,” North Taieri. This firm has 200 acres of freehold property, and the land is almost all on the flat. Mixed farming is carried on, also a little dairy farming, and there are about thirty-five head of cattle. About 150 Merino and Leicester crossbred breeding ewes are kept on the farm. About thirty acres are laid down in wheat, and fifty acres in oats; wheat averages forty-five bushels, and oats fifty bushels to the acre. The machinery includes two traction Marshall engines, a threshing machine, chaff cutter, and straw-press, and a lot of outside work is contracted for by the proprietors.

Mr. Peter Smellie was born at Mosgiel, and educated at the North Taieri district school. Subsequently he spent a year with Messrs Reid and Gray, in Dunedin; he was also three years at the Otago Iron Rolling Mills, at Burnside; and was for three years manager of creameries at Greytown and Gladfield. On returning to his home, he gave his attention to farming, and especially to the working and management of the traction threshing plant.

Mr. Andrew Smellie , Of Duddingston Farm, North Taieri, was born at Mosgiel in 1874, and educated at the North Taieri district school. He afterwards found work on the home farm. Mr. Smellie was for two years a private in the Otago Hussars. His tastes are musical, and he shows much talent as a player on the violin.

Mr. Robert Smellie , Of Duddingston Farm, North Taieri, was born at Mosgiel, in 1876, and was educated at the North Taieri district school. Mr. Smellie is a good violincello player.

Mr. Samuel Smellie , Of Duddingston Farm, North Taieri, was born in 1882, and educated at the North Taieri district school, and at the Otago Boys' High School. Like his brothers, he is a lover of music, and takes a great interest in the clarionet.

Mr. Robert Smellie , sometime of Duddingston Farm. North Taieri, was born at Calderbank, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1841, and came out to New Zealand in 1861 by
The Late Mr. R. Smellie.

The Late Mr. R. Smellie.

the ship “Storm Cloud.” He settled in the Taieri a few years afterwards, and was farming, in partnership with Mr. Samuel Young, up to 1891. Afterwards he bought Duddingston Farm, and resided there up to the time of his death, on the 4th of May, 1901. Mr. Smellie did not enter much into public life, though in the early days he took his share of road board work, and was for many years a member of the Taieri school committee. He was a sterling man of high character and integrity, and was beloved by all who knew him. Mr. Smellie was married, in 1839, to a daughter of Mr. Andrew Young, of Glasgow, and brought up a family of four sons and two daughters.