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



Mahoe is a farming settlement on the Opunake road. It lies thirty-four miles south-east from New Plymouth, and nine miles from Stratford, in the west riding of the county of Stratford, and in the Kaupokonui survey district of the Taranaki land district. The settlement has a public hall, a smith's shop, and a public school. There is also a good creamery, belonging to the Mangatoki Dairy Company, and the business of the post office is conducted at the residence of the manager. Mails are received and despatched thrice weekly.

The Mahoe Public School was opened about the year 1898, and stands on a section of two acres. A teacher's residence of four rooms was erected in 1906. The average attendance is about forty-six, and the teacher in charge has one assistant. Mr. Samuel Turkington, the headmaster, was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1858. After coming to New Zealand, he was trained for his profession in Dunedin, and had considerable experience in various parts of the colony before he received his appointment to Mahoe.

Furkert, photo.Waingongoro Bridge, At Cardiff, Now Replaced By A Steel Bridge.

Furkert, photo.
Waingongoro Bridge, At Cardiff, Now Replaced By A Steel Bridge.

The Mahoe Creamery Of The Mangatoki Co-Operative Dairy Company has been established for several years, and is situated on the Stratford-Opunake road, about five miles distant from the factory. The building is of wood and iron. Its floor is of concrete, and the plant includes a thirteen horse-power Murray boiler, a six horse-power Tangye engine, four Alpha de Laval separators, a pasteuriser, a cream cooler, a Sabroe cream hoist, Chambers' hoist, etc. The creamery works all the year round, and deals, in the height of the season, with 3,600 gallons per day.

Mr. Alexander Colson was appointed Manager of the Mahoe Creamery in the year 1901. He was born in New Plymouth in the year 1879, educated at the Fitzroy school, and page 186 was brought up to farming. In 1898, he entered the service of the Crown Dairy Company, at Okato, and worked successively in the Bell Block and Mangorei factories, before receiving his present appointment. Mr. Colson is secretary of the Mahoe Hall Committee. He has been a member of the Tukapa Football Club, and is postmaster at Mahoe.

McAllister photo.Mr. A. Colson.

McAllister photo.
Mr. A. Colson.