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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]



Matakohe, about eighty-seven miles north of Auckland, on a branch stream from the Otamatea river, is an old Nonconformist settlement, founded about 1862. Among its early pioneers were Messrs R. C. Smith—whose sons still reside in the district—Thompson, Rentone, Isbister, and Ovens. The district has a population of about 548 persons, most of whom are engaged in cattle farming, gumdigging, or bush-felling. Matakohe is reached by train to Helensville and thence by steamer. Though shallow and inconvenient for navigation, the harbour, like many northern inlets, presents many pretty sights, and wooded hillsides. Matakohe has a post and telegraph office, two boardinghouses, a church, public school, public library, a hall, stores, and a goods shed.

Carolan, James Frederick, M. R. C. S. (Eng.), Physician and Surgeon, Matakohe. Dr. Carolan was born in Surrey in 1851 of Irish extraction, is the son of the late Mr. James Ward Carolan of H. M. Customs, London, and nephew of the late Capt. Fred. W. Wilson, R. N. He was educated at St. Mary's Hospital, London, and became duty qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1872. After practising in London for many years he was for a time surgeon in the Ocean and British India steamship companies sailing to China, East Indies and Queensland. From the latter place Dr. Carolan proceeded to New Zealand and has practised in the Auckland province for the past nineteen years, during which period he has held the appointments of medical officer to the New Zealand Railway Provident Society, the A. O. F., I. O. O. F. Manchester Unity and I. O. Rechabites. In 1890 he succeeded Dr. Rowley at Bombay, removing from Warkworth, his new practice extending to Pukekohe, Papakura and Waiuku. He was gazetted surgeon-captain to the Waiuku Cavalry in December, 1890. Dr. Carolan removed to Kawakawa in 1895 and was appointed native medical officer and public vaccinator for the Bay of Islands district; likewise surgeon to the new Bay of Islands Coal Company. He is on the medical staff of the New Zealand Defence Force and also lecturer to the St. John Ambulance Association. Dr. Carolan is a past master of the Masonic order (E.C.) and P. C. T. I. O. G. T. In March, 1899, he removed to Matakohe, Kaipara, where his residence, “High Combe,” is conducted as a private hospital and Convalescent Home. Dr. Carolan is Medical Officer of Health for the county of Otamatea, and was elected surgeon-captain to the recently formed Otamatea Mounted Rifles, which have their headquarters at Paparoa. Possessing a fine tenor voice he has been much in requisition at all leading concerts and entertainments. Dr. Carolan is married to a daughter of Mr. S. H. Reid, J. P., of Papakura Valley, and niece of the late Rev. Alex. Reid, principal of Three Kings College, Auckland, and has four sons.

Dr. J. F. Carolan.Hanna, photo.

Dr. J. F. Carolan.
Hanna, photo.

Lichtenstein And Arnoldson (Max Lichtenstein and Louis Arnoldson), General Storekeepers, Importers and Kauri Gum Merchants, Matakohe. Head Office and Gum Stores, Auckland. This flourishing business is well known throughout the whole of the Northern Wairoa, and the premises occupied rank among the largest of their kind in the country north of Auckland. Notwithstanding its distance from the capital, almost every article of merchandise is as fully stocked as in the large stores in Auckland. The premises are in three divisions, one devoted to the general store, another to produce of all kinds, and the third to kauri gum. The prosperity of the business is due to the courtesy and attention to, and fair dealing with, the residents of the district, and the marked business ability of the proprietors. The firm is fully referred to in connection with Auckland city in the section devoted to the kauri gum industry.