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An old Peninsula resident passed away suddenly on Tuesday, in the person oE Mr Knight,'owner of Lave rick's Bay. Mr Knight enjoyed ex cellent health till within the last two years, when he has been caore or less ailing. dn Tuesday morning be< walked to the beach and evidently collapsed suddenly with failure of the. heart. Mr Knight was born in Akaroa in 1845, and was educated at Okain's Bay., He began at the early age of twelve years to deal in live stook, and by the age of twenty he was a large dealer. His father died when he was only a year old, aod his mother mar ried aMr William Webb. In ,1858, Mr Webb took up the Laverick's Bay property, where he worked a sawroiJl in partnership with his two step sons, Mesers R. J. and J. T. Knight. When the timber was exhausted, a start was made tn improve tbe property, and Mr J. T, Knight, who acquired the property after his gtep-fatber's death, carried on the improvements started by his step father. Mr Knight owned practically the whole of Laverick's Bay, where he bred Shorthorn cattle and English Leicester sheep. He was a keen farmer, and kept up his interest in all matters to the day of hie death. Hα wae marvellously active and strong, and could be seen up to a few years ago striding up the steep hillsides of Laveriok's Bay with no effort. Hβ did not leave the Bay very often. In 1864, he made a trip to Westland, at tbe time of the gold

rush, aud he obtained a fair share of gold at Hokitika and the Grey. Five years ago Mr Knight had the old homestead pulled down, and a fine new residence erected. Tba rooms are lofty; and every possible convenience provided, the house being one of the finest on the Peuinnula. Mr Knight never married. His niece Miss Pearson has lived with him for a number of years, taking charge of all household matters. In addition to Miss Pearson, Mr Knigbt has a quid ber of nephews and nieces. He has worked bard in the last few years to have good roads made into the Bay from Okain's and Le Bon's The Bay is a most beautiful one, but it is bard to get out of on account of the steep hillsides. However, a car can trvavel the roads now. Mr Knight was one of the typical pioneers of the Penin--Bula l being full of energy for work, and having very simple tasts. He leaves behind him a memory of a very kindly man, if long residence in br self-owned Bay tended to m >ke him tiiki; a limited view of soma mattwrs. His industry and thrift resulted in the amassing of a considerable estate.

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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 440, 18 September 1914

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OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 440, 18 September 1914

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