The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Mr. William Adams
Mr. William Adams , the first Superintendent of the province of Marlborough, was born on the 21st of March, 1811, at Upton, Herefordshire, England. In the year 1850, he left his native land for New Zealand, and arrived at Nelson in the barque “Eden.” He went to Wairau, and settled on the Rodwood rim, in the Avondalp Valley. During his Superintendence, he held the position of Commissioner of Crown Lands. After resigning the former office, he was appointed legal adviser to the Provincial Council, but, on his political opponents voting for a reduction of his provincial emoluments, he resigned the Commissinnor-ship, removed to Nelson, and there founded the legal firm of Adams and Kingdon. Long before this he had acquired a pastoral run, on the north bank of the Wairau river, and there he afterwards died, in the year 1884. His grave, hewn out of the solid rock, on the site of an old Maori fighting pa, at Langley Dale, is one of the most picturesque spots in Marlborough.
The late Mr. W. Adams.