The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Nairn, Robert, L.R.C.P. (London), F.R.C.S. (England), Physician and Surgeon, Hastings, Dr. Nairn was born at Wellington, studied at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, and returned to New Zealand in 1893.
Brodie, Alexander Malcolm, M.R.C.V.S., Veterinary and Canine Surgeon, Hastings, Mr. Brodie was born in the year 1876, in Plumstead, Kent, England, and was educated at Greenwich, King's College, London, and at the Royal Veterinary College, London, where he graduated M.R.C.V.S., in July, 1899. For about six months subsequently Mr. Brodie was engaged in private pracvice in the south of England, and was then appointed veterinary surgeon to Messrs Tillings, Limited, of London. While in their employment he had the veterinary care of 6000 horses, for a period of four years. Mr. Brodie came to New Zealand in the year 1901, under engagement as organising secretary and veterinary surgeon to the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Union, and two years later resigned in order to start in practice on his own account. On severing his connection with the Hawke's Bay Farmer's Union he was presented with a valuable testimonial and set of instruments. Mr. Brodie is honorary veterinary surgeon to the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and the Hawke's Bay Kennel Club.
Danvers, Alfred T., Veterinary Surgeon, Hastings. Mr. Danvers is a native of Surrey, England, and a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent English families, the founder of which, Rolande D'Envers, came over with William the Conqueror, by whom he was endowed with large estates at Calvert. His father, Mr. Frederick Samuel Danvers, belonged to the old East India Company's service, and his brother, Mr. Frederick Charles Danvers, is a resident general in the Indian service. Mr. page 459 Danvers was educated for the Royal Navy, but, having a great desire to see New Zealand, he came to auckland in 1853. There he engaged in farming for about five years, and removed to Howke's Bay in 1858, before it was declared a proince. In 1862 he went Home for a trip, and returned to Hawke's Bay in 1864, since which time he practised as a veterinary surgeon. Mr. Danvers was secretary and handicapper to the Napier Park Racing Club for a number of years, referee for the Gun Club, and handicapper for a number of country racing clubs. He saw active service in 1866 during the Maori war, in the Hawke's Bay militia, was at the engagement at Omaranui, and has received the New Zealand war medal. Mr. Danvers is married and has three sons and two daughters.