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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]


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Whatawhata, in Waipa County, is situated on the Raglan Road and is ninety-one miles from Auckland, and within six miles of Frankton Junction, on the railway line. It was at one time a large native settlement, which came within the confiscated area taken after the war. There is a tri-weekly mail service with Auckland, and the district has many farms with lands in excellent cultivation and devoted to dairying.

Laxon, William Donald, “Owate Farm,” Whatawhata. Mr. Laxon is the owner of a compact dairy farm on the road between Ngaruawahia and Whatawhata. He was born in Auckland in 1852 and learned farming in the Tamaki district, where he afterwards managed a property and also held a leasehold farm for about five years. In 1891 he acquired his present property of 187 acres, most of which is down in crops. Mr. Laxon has been a member of the local school committee for a considerable time, and takes a good deal of interest in the Waikato generally. He is married to a daughter of the late Mr. James Foley, of Otahuhu, and has two sons and three daughters.

Mr. Laxon's Residence.

Mr. Laxon's Residence.

Swanson, George, Farmer, “The Willows,” Whatawhata. Mr. Swanson is the third son of the Hon. William Swanson, M.L.C. He was born in Auckland in 1853 and received his education at the old Auckland Grammar School. He was for five years in the service of Messrs. T. and S. Morrin, of Auckland, but having a bent for farm life, he left the firm's employment and purchased his farm at Whatawhata, which is regarded as one of the most productive in the district. Mr. Swanson was well known in athletic circles in Auckland, especially on the football field. He is married to a daughter of the late Mr. T. Smith, settler, Manukau, and has two daughters.