The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Orr, David Mackinlay
Orr, David Mackinlay, Farmer, Ashurst. Mr. Orr is the owner of the property, situated near Ashurst, known as “Te Kupenga,” consisting of 300 acres of really good land, which carries some 700 crossbred sheep and twenty head of cattle. The homestead is a comfortable single story building, containing eight rooms. At the back of the premises are the usual farm buildings, including a commodious woolshed and sheep dip. Mr. Orr was born at Glasgow, and came out to New Zealand with his parents at the age of six years. After spending five years in the employ of Mr. Lawrie, a well-known old colonist, Mr. Orr joined his father in the Waterloo Dining Rooms—rooms which are well known to all old residents in Wellington. From these dining-rooms Mr. Orr went to the Buffet Hotel, where he remained as manager for his father for a period of thirteen years. He finally retired from this business for the purpose of taking up his present holding in the Ashurst district. In volunteer circles in Wellington Mr. Orr was well known, having been one of the first members enlisted in the Wellington Guards, when that corps was commanded by the Hon. Captain Johnston. Mr. Orr is married to a daughter of Mr. Areus, the well-known boatbuilder of Oriental Bay, Wellington, and has one son.