The Late Mr Robert Reid.
Those of our readers who take an interest in agricultural matters, and particularly in the matter of improved machinery, will join with us in expressing regret at the serious loss New Zealand has sustained in the death of Mr Reid, the inventor of so many valuable implements. We take the following letter from the Otago Witness, which was forwarded by the North Otago Agricultural Society to Messrs Reid and Gray : “ The attention of the Committee of the North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Association having been drawn to the serious loss this district, and indeed the whole agricultural interests of New Zealand, have sustained in the death of your senior partner, Mr Robert Reid, they feel they cannot let this event pass without bearing this testimony to the worth of the deceased, and the immense services he has rendered to New Zealand during the last 20 years. It was here that he first began his business life in this country, and his connection with us has been so close and uninterrupted, that we not only feel his loss as a member of your firm, but miss him as a friend. Though his first commencement was in what was then a small township, and in a small way, even then his desire was that the farmers of New Zealand should have the best and latest improvements in all agricultural implements and machinery, and as time rolled on and our wants grew, so he laid himself out to meet the increasing demand on his resources, and with unvarying success. Though an invention introduced without any display, we look upon the introduction of the doublefurrow plough in New Zealand —an introduction which was very largely due to Mr Reid—as conferring a boon upon New Zealand, without which large areas, now in high cultivation and occupied by the happy homes of our settlers, would still have been covered with native tussock and grazed over only by sheep. By his diligence and ability, by the labors of his own arm, and the taxing of his own brain, he achieved the success he deserved, and his name has become a household word: among us for all advances in agricultural machinery. We only regret that he was not longer spared to enjoy the success so worthily obtained.” It will be remembered that Mr Reid died on his way out from London in the Lady Jocelyn, during last month, where he had been to witness the newest improvements in agricultural machinery. His health had not been good during his stay in the Old Country. The respected firm of Reid and Gray will have lost an able partner, and New Zealand a true and honorable colonist and supporter of local industry in its practical sense by Robert Reid’s death.
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OBITUARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 520, 28 December 1881
OBITUARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 520, 28 December 1881
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