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

Mr. John Heslop

Mr. John Heslop, Old Colonist, was born in the year 1812, and at one time was caretaker and had charge of some 200 horses of the Ridsdale Ironworks, and subsequently worked as a miner at Netherton, near Newcastle. He came to New Zealand in 1856, by the ship “Indian Queen” (Captain Jobson), and his first employment was on the road from the Lower Hutt to Waiwetu. He next had charge of a farm near the Hutt Bridge, but, being advised by Mr. Purvis Russell to try Hawke's Bay, he accepted the management of that gentleman's run until 1859, when he was employed by the later Mr Lowry at Okawa estate, for about a year, afterwards leasing and ultimately purchasing a run at Puketapu, which consisted of upwards of 1,100 acres. Some years after, when his son William bought the Omaranui property of 4,000 acres, father and son went into partnership, and worked both runs conjointly. On the two estates there are now about 11,000 sheep, 300 head of cattle of the shorthorn cross, and about forty horses. Prior to this partnership the subject of this notice had been in partnership with his twin brother, Mr. George Heslop, of the Chesterhope estate, which, on the dissolution of the firm, was retained by the latter. Mr. Heslop, senior, died in 1894.