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

Mr. William Cooper

Mr. William Cooper was born at Caithness, Scotland, and came to New Zealand in the year 1840. He farmed for some years on Maori land at Porirua, and in 1854 took up “Kahuranaki.” About twenty years later he retired from the active management of his estate, and resided at Havelock North until his death in 1819. Mr. Cooper was one of the most successful runholders in the province; he took a keen interest in public life, and was a member of various public bodies. He left a family of five sons and five daughters.