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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Wilson's Bay

Wilson's Bay.

Foote, James David, Sheep-farmer, Wilson's Bay, Pelorus Sound. Mr. Foote is the eldest son of the late Mr. R. B. Foote, and was born in February, 1852, at New Plymouth, Taranaki. As a lad he had, at the time of the Maori war, several experiences that nearly cost him his life with the Maoris, who were then encamped near New Plymouth; and once, when he had strayed some distance from home, he was hotly pursued, and did not regain the township for several days. Mr. Foote afterwards removed to Nelson, where he was educated, and brought up to sawmilling and farming; and at twentyone years of age he went with his parents to live at the Sounds. For about ten years he worked at local sawmills, and then took up his present farm. The property is situated on the shore of the sound opposite the tourist resort “Homewood,” and
Macey, photo. Mr. J. D. Foote.

Macey, photo. Mr. J. D. Foote.

consists of about 1000 acres of rough grazing land, which carries 1700 sheep. Mr. Foote married Miss Harvey, a daughter of an old settler in the Sounds, and has three sons and four daughters.

Mr. Robert Benjamin Foote was born in the North of Scotland, where he was educated, and learned tailoring. He went to Australia at an early age, and shortly afterwards came to New Zealand, and spent a few years at pit-sawing in the Auckland province. Mr. Foote then went to Taranaki, where he took part in the Maori war, as an officer. In 1864, he removed to Nelson, and after working for many years at pit-sawing in various parts of the province, he settled in the Marlborough Sounds, where he farmed during the remaining years of his life. Mr. Foote lived until he was nearly ninety years of age, when he died at Mahua, in the Pelorus Sound, leaving six sons and four daughters.

Macey, photoThe late Mr. R. B. Foote.

Macey, photoThe late Mr. R. B. Foote.