The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
O'Brien, James , Farmer, “Kyle Park” Drummond. Mr O'Brien was born in 1845, in County Tipperary, Ireland, where he was educated and brought up to farming. He came to New Zealand by the ship “Sevilla,” in 1864, and settled in Southland, where he was in the carrying business on the road to Kingston for several years. About 1888, Mr O'Brien settled at Wallacetown, and six years later removed to Spar Bush, where he bought a farm. He afterwards sold this property, and in 1900, he bought “Kyle Park” at Drummond, a freehold property of 600 acres, on which he has erected a substantial residence and outbuildings, and has otherwise greatly improved the estate. Mr O'Brien served for a year as a member of the Wallacetown school committee. He was married, in 1871, to a daughter of Mr William Deegan, of Oreti Plains, and has three sons and two daughters.