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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. John Veale

Mr. John Veale, one of Taranaki's oldest settlers, was born on the 21st of January, 1814, in the parish of Cotton, Devonshire, England. He was brought up as a carpenter and builder, and in the year 1854 came to New Zealand, and landed with his family at New Plymouth. During the native disturbances he carried his gun night and day, chiefly within the town of New Plymouth. For many years subsequently he was engaged in the building trade, afterwards went into business as a storekeeper, and retired in the year 1878, when the business was taken over by his sons. Mr. Veale was a member of the Taranaki Provincial Council, and of the New Plymouth Town Board. In the year 1840 Mr. Veale married a daughter of the late Mr. Philip Cola, of Devonshire, England. Mrs Veale died in February, 1878, and there are three sons and three daughters surviving. Mr. Veale has about thirty-four grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.