It’s 180 years since the Redwoods of Waimea, Nelson, and Marlborough arrived in NZ. The George Fyfe departed Gravesend, England in 1842 with Henry Redwood from Staffordshire, his wife Mary and nine of their children. Henry Jr, Ann, Martha, Elizabeth, Mary, Charles, Thomas, Francis, and George. The journey was at times rough and sadly four-month-old George, died at sea. Accompanying them was Joseph Ward, a surveyor who had recently married Martha. READ MORE: Mysterious past for pioneering councillor Hard-working immigrants laid foundations for settlements Within the next three years or so, Mary married Joseph Greaves, a solicitor. Ann married Cyrus Goulter, a surveyor. Elizabeth married Edward Bolton, a farmer at Waimea West. Many of these families made their homes in Marlborough. The New Zealand Company had organised a settlement at Wellington and were now establishing one at Nelson. Henry bought a one acre town section and a 50 acre rural section for £300 pounds before they left England. The 50 acres was on the Waimea Plain, west of the Waimea River. When they arrived in December 1842, Henry, along with his older children and Joseph Ward, set about erecting a 60ft long tent from canvas and timber he bought from… Read full this story
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