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A STERLING COLONIST.

THE LA.TE MR JOHN HAYHURST, (From th?B day'a " TemuVa Leader.") Mr John Hsyhurat, odo of the pioneers of Ssoath Canterbury, and one of tha moat enterprialog of colonists, died at his residence, Temnk-», at 2 a.m. yesterday. Mr Hoyhunt was born la the year 1827 near Pr aston, In Lancaahire, Koglaod, and was at the time of bia rica h m his sixty* aeoond year. A week before bja dsatff. however, he appeared to have been enjoylDg good health, and looked as if he wonld live for at least ten years longer. On the very eveoisg that he was. taken ill he bad paokod everything np, and was about to leave for England on the following day. He had intended to leave sooner, bat missed the boat, and only lot thia he would have been on the high seat on hla way to China and Japan, the only countries, he bad net yet visited. Mi Hayhurst! oame to New South Wales at the age ofJ9 years, and after a short Rfjourn inlbat oolony oame over to New Z?al*nd, landing In Wellington. He made several trips from New Zealand to New South Walep, and at least decided on settling down m this oolony. He lived for a short time (n Wellington, and next he set sail for Lyttelton where he bee ime a contractor. Bis next move was to Ohris».ohu:oh, and he lived for some time on the Ferry road, after which he took charge of a ran at Ashbur- • too foe Sir Thomas Tanored. A short tlma after his arrival he leased the tun from Sir Thomau, and carried U on for years on his own acoount. During this time he (scut hoa i for his father and' mother and broth' tra and sisters, many of whom are living la thia district at present. After having workod the ran at Ashborion for some years he disposed of it, and took np |the Grey's Hill and Simon* Pass rono, m the Mackenzie Country, both of whloh he stocked, and shoit'y afterwards he bought the magnificent estate of Green Hayes.- He worked the Green Hayes . estate and the two stations m the Mackenzie Conntry together* for some years, (when he let a part of Green' Hay^a end bought the Blutoliffr station. This station lie) let and went home to England/ bat he was not long* there when a letter reached him telling him that his Blutollffa tenant had gone to the dogs, and SO ho returned to the-, colony much sooner than he expected. Seme time rfter this he . -sold out all his station property, tnd threw all -his energies into the development of his Green Hayea estate; It was m January, 1861, that he first took , possession of Green Hayes, and, notwith- , standing that he had the other large properties on hand at the time, he immed ately set to work with characterI iettoetrargy. Farming had been sdarcely , began m South Canterbury at the time, » but MrHtyhurat went to work vigorously, , and In the next ooap'e of years "a largo j portion of Green Hayes was yielding { wheat. Besides this he started the , Milford Mill, which be htd m working t order m 1863. Mr Hayhurst's example 3 g»va a great Impetus to farming la this , district, and It may safely be said that to } his energy, perseverance, and indomitable I oourage was due the faot that the Temnka . district was amongst the first settled t pUoes south of the Rangltata. He set > another example, too, which we regrst hn riot been followed. Instead of laying I Green Hayes out as a sheep run, as many , others would have done, he subdivided it Into decent rizad farms,and let It at reason* > able rentals to tenmttr. The Green Hayes . estate is oyer 5000 acres In extent, and ; settled on It are 44 tenants, all thriving . settlers, and it was often remarked that during the depression these tenants were I far better off than farmers who bad to pay ! interest on borrowed capital. The holding of land m large areas Is certainly an ! evil, but It is ten times better that land ; should be held m tho manner m whloh Mr Hayhurot's estate Is than as a sheen run, with only a few shepherds on It. [ Averaging the families of the 44 tenants at five persons eaob, which Is low, there t are living on the estate 220 people. If It r had not been let to tenants as It has bean t there would not be 30 persons living within the same area. Mr Hiyhnrst was j alwaya a good oonaiderate landlord, and . there are many about the district now who owe to him their start in' life. He j was always ready to lend a helping hand B to persons whom he found hard-working j and energetic, bnt the opposite ol«ws never got any chanoe from him. For years ha s«t m the Provincial Council, and In 1876 1 he contested the Geraldlne seat with Mr Wakefield, but had a unique experience. When the result of the poll was declared It was found that ho and his opponent were exaotly equal, and thUB the onus of deciding the election 1 was thrown on the Returning Officer, Mr r Balfield Woolloombe, who gave his oaating 5 vote In favor of Mr Wakefield, tad thus 1 he was elected. Mr Hayhurst was a r strong Liberal In politic?, and always an 7 uncompromising opponent of the Con. J tinuona or Atkinson party. He had very decided views on many aubjebts, and a 5 vigorous and telling manner of giving exr pression to them, He spoke with great flaenoy and vigor, and was a very strong opponent for anyone to meet. In 1881 he ran against Messrs Wakefield and 1 Postlethwaite for the representation of the 1 Geraldlne seat, but withdrew on the last 1 day, and since then be has spent most of his time travelHnfr.'g In the old days 1 he was a member of the Tlmaru and [ - Gladstone Board of Works, and foir^hany 1 years a member of the Temuka Road 1 Board, besides being a oiember of almost every one of the minor local bodies. For the last seven years he has been, for the most part travelling fn foreign oountrlev, and as stated above he had just Intended to visit China and Japan, as these two goon tries were the only plsoes which he bad not visited. He was, however, doomed never to see them! Mr Hayburst was no ordinary colonist. He was full of vigor and energy, and had always some new scheme m hand. During his colonial life he has visited England about eight times, and on all occasions he-brought out some new maoh In ery, whloh he employed m yarlons ways. His latest addition to his plant was the splendid machinery of the new roller flour mill, arid if we mistake not he intended on his retnrn this trip — if ha had been spared—* to bring cut other new machinery con* neoted vr'th eleotrioity. In ra*ryicg cut big many schemes, and m the many enterprises In which he was engaged, he employed a large number of men, and to these bis death w.lll be a great lots. Jn him Temuka has lost Its most enterprising olti^an, and the largest employer of labor Id the plaoe. He bad aooumolated maoh wealth, foe besides tho Green Hayes property he owned a good deal of tho town of Temuka, and also some properties In Oxford and Napier. He worked hard; he saw his opportunities and embraced them, and the result was success. His funeral will leave St. Saviour's Ohuroh for the Temuka Cemetery at 2,30 p.m. to-morrow (Sunday).

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A STERLING COLONIST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2102, 6 April 1889

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