A Reminiscence of Old Balclutha.
AN ASHBURTONT VISITOR TO THE BOROUGH.
On Thursday evening (says the " Balclutha Leader") Mr 0. Thomas and party arrived in Bilclutha, in a four horse-power Darrach petrol motor car, and put up all night at the Crown Hotel. Mr Tbomaa is a son of the partner of the firm of Thomas and Woods, .who wore the first storekeepers in Balcluthi, and whose place of business was near where Mr Alex. Rattray now has his smithy. In 1861 Mr Thomas was working the punt with a Mr Samuel Morrow, when it was upset and the latter was drowned. Mr Thomas' experience on the sinking of the punt was somewhat trying. He was carried down the river as far us the late Mr Anderson's, at the Hermitage, before ho got ashore. He then secured Mr Anderson's boat and got back safely to Balclutha, to find his companion had lost his life, and, until his own appearance, he also, had been given up for lost. After Mr Thomas left Baicluth^ in the early sixties, he went to Australia***tnd was engaged in railway works there for a number of years. He returned many years ago to the Canterbury district, and has been in the stock and station line pretty well ever since. In 1862 Mr Thomas purchased some sections at Port Molyneux, giving as high aB £127 for one. This was in the boom time, when the port looked like becoming a great rival to Dunedin. On Friday afternoon he motored down to have a lo'ok at tham, but considers them now rather a bad spec. The party then went on to Invercargill to look up friends there and passed homewards, bound for Askburton on Sunday. Mr Thomas met a lot of Canterbury men on his touc south, and paid a visit to the lonely grave of his old mate, Sam Morrow, on the reserva, Mr Thomas has a lively recollection o£ the late Dr Smith, who came to Balolutha just before he left, and also the late Dr Manning, whose old home in the bush afe Warepi he could remember as] a beautiful spot and one he had a great fancy for.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
A Reminiscence of Old Balclutha. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
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