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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.



Robert Atkins (born at Howick, near Auckland, in 1848) served in the Waikato Militia before he settled in Poverty Bay in 1866. For some years he followed the occupation of a stockman. In 1880 he acquired “Willow Grove,” at Patutahi.

Samuel Stevenson (born at Wainsborough, England, in 1844) migrated to New Zealand in 1864. He spent some time on the West Coast (South Island) diggings, and, in 1866, came to Gisborne as a gardener for Captain Bloomfield. He had a farm above Toanga at the time of the Massacre. In 1870 he opened a livery stables in Gisborne, and, later, engaged in hotelkeeping. He was a member of Gisborne's first borough council. His death occurred on 4 September, 1898.

John Trimmer left Poverty Bay in charge of the schooner Success early on the morning of the Massacre, but returned when he learned of the tragedy. In 1873 he built the schooner Advance at Tolaga Bay. He obtained the first lease of Tawhiti No. 2 in 1877. Subsequently he kept an hotel at Tolaga Bay, and was, later, a timber merchant at Gisborne. He died on 14 February, 1897.