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DEATH OF A VETERAN MATRON

Another of those old identities who link together the past and present of colonial history, says the Auckland l( Star 4 of the 12th instant, has just passed away !in the person of Mrs Sarah Kane*, of Beresford-street, relict of the late Mr William T. Kanes, of Bristol, England. She died laßt evening, jast on the eve of her 72nd birthday, m Beresford street, suddenly, of dropsy, and was, it iff stated, the oldest lady-resident m the colony, haying resided m this province continuously for quite half a century. In 1839 she landed from Austra ia, where she had previously spent several years, at Kororareka, Bay of Islands, near wbioh historic spot, at Otuihu Pa, she resided evei since. During the early stage of colonial history, both before and after New Zealand became a British colony, the deceased lady witnessed many stirring; and thrilling sceneß, some of which wonla have compelled a woman of less " nerve" to Abandon all thoughts of residence m the place. During various tribal fends between 1839 and 1844 and afterwards, m the course of Honl Heke'g war m the North, Mrs Kanes and her family were often m great danger of their lives, and m fact their slaughter was most Imminent on three different occasions, and they were only preserved by the mediation" of friendly natives. During Heke's war, to prevent their house at Otuihu from being pillaged and burnt by the Maori warriors m arms, a party of friendly Ngapuhio erected a 6 -feet palisad* round it as a protection. Through all the scenes of peril incident to settlement m the early days, Mrs Kanes and her family passed safely, and ehe made very many friends amongst the Ngapuhi natives m the North, amongst whom she had lived close upon 50 years . She waa the only white woman who remained at the Bay during the whole of the.early Maori troubles. About five years ago she removed to Auokland, mainly on account of her increasing age. She leaves three daughters, out of s> family of sixteen, married respectively to Captain Norris, Mr R- T. Obatfield, merchant, of Samoa, and Captain Eranson, of the schooner Curlew, bow tndjog ojfc the goant Qf tf aw Gu.in.oi;

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DEATH OF A VETERAN MATRON, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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DEATH OF A VETERAN MATRON Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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