The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Litchfield Newman
Mr. John Litchfield Newman, one of the pioneer colonists of New Plymouth, was a son of Mr. George Newman, solicitor, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, and was born in 1815. He was in business as a merchant and shipowner in his native town, until 1848, when, owing to the bad years following the famine, 1845–7, he decided to emigrate to New Zealand. Having touched at Nelson, Wellington, and Auckland, he finally settled in Taranaki in 1849, and was engaged with the late Mr. Richard Brown in trading ventures for some time. Finally he took up land in the Omata district, and in common with other settlers bore the brunt of the native disturbances. His familiar figure was well known in the old electioneering days of open voting. In the year 1850 he married a daughter of Mr. Honeyfield. Mr. Newman died in 1886, leaving one daughter and four sons.
The Late Mr. J. L. Newman.