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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Lower Moutere

Lower Moutere.

Lower Moutere is an agricultural district, seven miles long and three miles wide, situated about five miles from Motueka. There are eighty-two ratepayers, and the population numbers about 300 persons. The land is of good quality, suitable for grain growing, and the cultivation of hops and large and small fruit. Very little grazing is carried on. The settlement has a public school, a church, and a post office. The daily coach to and from Nelson and Riwaka passes through the district. The roads are in good order, and are much used by cyclists.

The Lower Moutere Public School is about four miles from the Motueka school, and was opened about 1862. It has an average attendance of about ninety, and the percentage of passes has latterly averaged from ninety to ninety-two.

Mr. Thomas Chapman Campbell Scott , headmaster of the Lower Moutere school, was born in Nelson in 1879. He was educated at the Nelson Boys' Central school, where he was assistant master for two years, before his appointment to Birchfield in 1903; and in 1905 he was appointed to his present position. Mr. Scott is interested in music, and was one of the first pupils in the Nelson School of Music. He married a daughter of Mr. A. Allport, farmer, of Stoke, in 1905.

Vinsen, photo. Mr. T. C. C. Scott.

Vinsen, photo.
Mr. T. C. C. Scott.

Flett, Charles David, Farmer, Lower Moutere. Mr. Flett has & freehold of fifty acres, on which he has a seven-roomed residence. The land is of excellent quality, and good crops of all sorts are grown on it. Mr. Flett was born at Nelson in 1862, and educated at the Lower Moutere public school. page 235 He has followed farming all his life with considerable success. Mrs Flett is a daughter of Mr. J. S. Edelsten, of Moteuka.

Mr. and Mrs C. D. Flett.

Mr. and Mrs C. D. Flett.

Goodall, Thomas, Farmer, Lower Moutere. Mr. Goodall is one of the early pioneers who carved their way in the district with indomitable pluck and energy. He came to New Zealand with his parents in the year 1842, in the ship “Little London,” and landed at Wellington; but owing to lack of accommodation in that city, the family went direct to Nelson. At the ago of fifteen Mr. Goodall removed to Riwaka. He stayed in that district for a considerable time, and there married a daughter of Mr. John Drummond, a very wellknown settler, at Lower Moutere. In 1883 Mr. Goodall took a farm at Lower Moutere, where he has been very successful, and has made a comfortable home for himself and his family. Mr. Goodall has been a prominent member of the Oddfellows since 1857, and now holds the position of Past Grand.

Mr. T. Goodall.

Mr. T. Goodall.

Herrick, Francis William, Farmer, “Sunnyside,” Lower Moutere. Mr. Herrick's fine freehold section comprises 250 acres, conveniently subdivided into paddocks. The soil is suitable for the cultivation of wheat and oats, of which it yields excellent crops, and also of all kinds of fruit. Mr. Herrick was born in the Waimeas Nelson, and has been settled in the Moutere district for over forty years. He is an Oddfellow, and has served on the local Road Board and school committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Herrick.

Mr. and Mrs. Herrick.

Mr. Charles Herbert Manning was for some time in business at Lower Moutere as a farrier and general blacksmith. Mr. Manning was born in Nelson, in 1872. He served his time in shops in different parts of New Zealand, and in that way had the opportunity of picking up the best methods of the trade. He now (1905) resides in the North Island.