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

Mr. Isaac Bayly

Mr. Isaac Bayly, who is the third son of the late Mr. Thomas Bayly, was born in the year 1840, on the borders of Cornwall and Devon, England, and was brought to New Zealand as an infant, in the ship “Amelia Thompson,” which arrived off New Plymouth in 1841. He was brought up to country pursuits, and ultimately engaged for some years in farming in North Taranaki. Thence he removed to the Hawera district, where he farmed for eighteen years, and was subsequently for about twelve years at the Mahia Peninsula, about forty miles out of Gisborne, Poverty Bay. Mr. Bayly has twice visited England; first in 1879, when he journeyed by way of San Francisco and New York, to Liverpool; and then, in 1902, when he travelled by Cape Horn and Monte Video, and returned by the Cape of Good Hope and Hobart. Although he still retained his interests in the Gisborne district, Mr. Bayly settled in New Plymouth, on returning from his last trip to England. Mr. Bayly represented the district of Grey and Bell for four years in the Taranaki Provincial Council. While at Hawera he was chairman of the County Council for five years, and has generally taken an interest in connection with the work of local bodies. He is a member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, and is known amongst flockowners as a breeder of Lincoln sheep. In the early days, during the time of the Maori troubles, Mr. Bayly served five years in Major Atkinson's Bush Rangers. Subsequently he served as captain of the cavalry corps, and about the years 1879–80 he was captain of the Hawera Infantry, and had 110 men under his charge. He retired from the volunteers at the time of the settlement of the Parihaka trouble. In 1870, Mr. Bayly married a daughter of the late Mr. James Dingle, of New Plymouth.