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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Borough Of Onslow

page 807

Borough Of Onslow.

This Borough, which comprises Wadestown, Crofton, Khandallah, Kaiwarra, and the continuation of Thorndon Quay beyond the limits of the Borough of Wellington, is more fully described under “Kaiwarra,” the headquarters of the Borough. Thorndon Quay properly so-called, extends from the bottom of Mulgrave Street to the bottom of Tinakori Road. The road beyond that point is generally known us the Hutt Road, although a portion of it is sometimes called Thorndon Quay.

Esplanade Hotel (Geo. Wm. Prictor, proprietor), Thorndon Quay.

Wood, Stephen, Blacksmith, Thorndon Quay.

Wadestown, a postal district in the borough of Onslow, is situated on the northern side of the hill above Thorndon. The Postal and Telegraph Bureau at Mr. H. M. McCarthy's store is about twenty minutes walk from Parliament House, Wellington, Mails are delivered from the City twice daily, and the box at Wadestown is cleared morning and afternoon. The Wellington-Manawatu Railway runs under and through the township, Crofton being the nearest point at which trains stop. A good road winds up around the hill from George Street and Tinakori Road to Wadestown. The public buildings in the township are the Church of England, which is supplied by Wellington clergy, and the public school.

Wadestown Public School is a wooden building of the older style containing three rooms. It was opened in 1881, and has 104 children on the roll, with an average attendance of about ninety in all standards. Mr. W. F. Ford, the headmaster, is assisted by the Misses Reith (mistress) and Cook (pupil teacher).

Mr. W. F. Ford, Head Teacher of the Wadestown Public School, who holds a D1 certificate, was born in England in 1821. He was a prize-man in political economy at Owen's College, Manchester, and at St. Bartholomew's, Salford, for twenty years. He has been engaged as a teacher in New Zealand for twenty-four years. Previously to coming to Wadestown Mr. Ford was teaching at Masterton and Saltwater Creek, Leeston.

Casey, Thomas, Dairyman, Wadestown.

McCarthy, M. H., Storekeeper, Wadestown.

Nash, J. R., Dairyman, Wadestown.