Newspaper Article 1932 – A Warwickshire Man’s Long Life in New Zealand


WELLINGTON, November 16.

Mr. William Nelson, the sheep farmer who was known as the “Father of Hawkes Bay,’’ and who was born at Warwick, England, in 1843, died to-day at Hastings.

Mr. Nelson was an early settler and had had an adventurous life. He came to New Zealand from England seventy years ago, with his brother. He walked the country for six months and took part in the Maori war.

After establishing himself at Kereru, he returned to England in 1864 and 1872-80. His activities included flax-milling and the building the Tamoana [Tomoana] boiling-down works. In 1893 he founded Nelson Bros. freezing works at Tomoana. He retired twelve years ago. – Reuter.

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