The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Stanley Brook , named after Mr. Stanley, who resided in Motueka Valley, was opened up for settlement about thirty-seven years ago, and is connected with Wakefield by the Royal Mail express coach, which makes two trips weekly, via Dovedale. It is a farming district, with a population of about 200. From 3000 to 4000 acres are suitable for grazing and a fair amount of cropping is also carried on. The holdings average from 200 to 500 acres; the settlers are fairly prosperous, and have, in most instances, built comfortable homes. The public school has an attendance of about forty children, and there is a post and telephone office. There are congregations of the Church of England and the Church of Christ at Stanley Brook.
Stanley Brook Post And Telephone Office . The postal branch was opened about 1884, and the telephone in 1891 The office is situated seven miles from Thorpe, twenty-five miles from Motueka, and seven miles from Tadmor. There is a triweekly mail service by coach, which leaves on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Awanui Station (Messrs Faulkner Brothers, owners), Stanley Brook. This property is situated four miles and a-half from Stanley Brook. It comprises 2600 acres, of which about 200 acres is flat country. Half of the country has been cleared, and boundary fences have been erected. The soil is good friable loam, with alluvial flats, and a little cropping for home use is carried on. The property was acquired in 1890 from the late Mr. Thomas Hickey, who was killed while engaged in bush-felling. Two thousand sheep are depastured, and the station yards, pens, barn, outbuildings, etc., are complete in every respect. The station is well managed, and a credit to the proprietors. The country is of granite formation, and consists of two ranges of hills with sloping ridges running down to the valley, through the centre of which runs the Motueka river, which is now very well stocked with trout. The land, when cleared, carries good grass, and turns off big-framed and well-conditioned stock.
Forsyth, Malcolm Kenneth, Farmer, Stanley Brook. Mr. Forsyth has a freehold section of 200 acres, which has been cleared, fenced and grassed; the land is suitable for the plough, is well watered, and is stocked with sheep. Mr. Forsyth was born at Benares, India, in 1876. He landed in New Zealand in 1888, and subsequently purchased his present holding.