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j MRS HANNAH WRIGHT. On Sunday morning, Mrg Jamee Wright of Wainui, one of tin early Peninsula pioneers, passed away after an eventful life nfc the advanced agß of 96. Deceased was a very fioe epeci men of the early pioneer, and kept her faculties to tbe last, leading an active and useful life She was born in 1818 at Cranbrook, Kent, her maiden name being Horston. She rnartitd Mr James Wright in 1887, and as be had to leave tbe array on account of lama* ness tbey came to Now Zealand in 1840 in the ''Martha Rids;way," They spent two years in Wellington, where (hey lived in a ttnt They came down to tbe Peninsula in 1842 in a boat called the Looker On, which which took no lees than 19 days to come down the coast, At first Mr Wright worked for Paddy Woods at the O?bore whale fishery. He left Paddy Woods in 1844, and came to Akaroa. He then bought out Mr George Rhodes' whale fishery at Island Bay. This included the pur chase, of the Wakamoa estate of 1600 aciep. He combined whaling and farming, and as the former industry declined turned bis attention to the latter. He bought his cows from Mr Deans of Riccanon, and it is Paul at one time Mr Wright bad one of the finest herds of milking Shorthorns in Canterbury. Later,' he replaced the cattle with sheep. Mr Wright prpdeeeappd his wife, dying in 1894 Mrß Wright had a family of 12 children, nine sons and three daughter, of whom six sons and two daughters, Mrs Hooker and Mrs Gtynan, survive their mother. There are five generationsof the Wright family at Wainui. Borne years ngo when a festival was held flt Wainui to commemorate tbo birth of the child who completed the fifth generation, it was estimated that Mrs Wright bad 140 decendantsi and the number has now pone up to nearly 200. With Mrs Wright tho Peninpula loses another of the grand old type of early colonist who lead bard and useful lives and helped to turn a wilderness into a fertile and pros feru3 country. The funeral of the late Mrs Wright will take place to morrow, and the oil launch Wainui will leave Akaroa at noon for Wright's Bay. The launches Onawe and Toi Toi will leave Akaroa at 12 45 p.m. for Wainui.

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OBITUARY, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3455, 24 November 1914

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OBITUARY Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3455, 24 November 1914

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