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

Mr. Thomas Crosse

Mr. Thomas Crosse, who for six years has represented the Heretaunga riding on the Hawke's Bay County Council, was for several years a member of the Patangata County Council, and for three years of the Waipawa County Council; he was one of the promoters of the Hawke's Bay Rabbit Board—which, by its splendid efforts and enormous outlay, effected the almost total extinction of the rabbit pest within the provincial boundaries—and for fifteen years was continuously its chairman; he has also served on the Clive River Board, the Hastings Borough Council, the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, the Napier High School Board of Governors, the Napier Licensing Committee, the Hawke's Bay Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and other minor bodies. Mr. Crosse has actively supported the Government's closer settlement policy, and was selected as Crown Assessor in the purchase of nearly all the State-owned settlements in Hawke's Bay, and also acted in the same capacity in connection with the Flaxbourne estate in Marlborough. He takes a keen interest in polo and golf. Mr. Crosse was born in the year 1855, at Porangahau, in Hawke's Bay. His father settled on the Porangahau station, and Mr. Crosse was educated in Napier, at Marshall's Grammar School. He then returned to “Porangahau,” which he conducted for many years after his father's death. After leaving “Porangahau,” he bought the Kumeroa station at Woodville, which property was afterwards acquired by the Government for closer settlement. Mr. Crosse then purchased Patoka station and 800 acres of rich land near Hastings, known as “Woodland,” He works both properties in conjunction, and resides in Hastings.