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



Captain Thomas Chrisp (born at Blythe, England, in 1837) went to sea as a lad on vessels trading to the Mediterranean and India. He came out to Nelson in 1853, went to the Victorian gold diggings, returned to England, and, on again migrating to New Zealand, took up land in the Whangarei district, but was a heavy loser through floods, and again went to sea. For some time he was in the Islands trade, and then master, in turn, of the Comerang, Beautiful Star and Pacific. He was harbourmaster at Gisborne from 1875 till 1886, and then became district agent for the Public Trustee. For 15 years he was chairman of directors of the Gisborne Gas Co. Ltd. He died on 4 May, 1911. Walter H. Chrisp (a son) served on the staff of the Herald from 1885 till 1944, occupying the position of secretary from 1908 till he retired.

Allan Ramsay Muir (born at Wellington in 1844) was a son of James Muir, one of the founders of the Independent (Wellington) in 1845. He was trained on the Independent, and then became foreman of the New Zealand Mail. In 1876 he took up fruit farming at Richmond, and, in 1883, settled in Gisborne. He died on 10 April, 1914. Allan Leonard Muir (one of his sons), who died on 3 October, 1935, was editor of the Herald for nearly 40 years.

Herbert James Bushnell (born at Trimley, Suffolk, in 1852) was six years old when his parents settled in Auckland. He was apprenticed to the printing trade, and served on the New Zealander, Evening News and New Zealand Herald. He joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph (Napier) in 1877, and, two years later, became foreman of the Poverty Bay Herald. In 1898 he went into business as a bookseller and printer. He was a director of the Gisborne Gas Company Ltd. for 45 years. He died on 5 August, 1940.