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Mrs T H Parkinson s death recalls cmc of the incidents of early Oanterbury. Bhe bad been ailing for some rime, and her death came as a release from suffering after a full and eventful life. The family have been cloaely associated with farm life on the Peninsula, and their Kaituna property, which contains some very warm and rich land on the flat, grows some of the best wheat and barley in the province. For the last three-quarters of a century the family have been connected with the development of the province as a brief survey of her life shows,

She was the eldest; child of Mr Mai colm M'Kinnon, a Scottish High under, who came to Australia, in the days of colonisation, landing at Byd' ney in 1840. Mrs. Parkinson was born in Sydney, but soon after her parents came to New Zealand, They landed at Oashore, near the outlet,to Lake Foreyth, and travelled to Taumutu. and then to Southbridge and Riccarfan. The iourney wae made by bul lock team and dray. Mr M'Kinnom represented Messrs Abercrorabie and Co., who had bought Riccarton from the Maoris That firm sent out a ship laden with, stores, and carrying agriculturists to work the Ricoarton Estate. The vessel was lost with all hands. In cnaspqaence Messrs Aber crombie and Go failed, and tboa* who were already at Riccarton returned to Sydney. Mr M'Kinnon, however remained, and decided to keep the place bimself. The Maoris, realising that he was single-banded, burned the grass all around his house, and he , , seeing the danger that fchretUeufcd him, bis wife and child, decided to go to Akaroa and seek protection from the French set ders there. Before leaving he bid his plough and all bis farm implements in a deep bole in the Avon, near the present hospital, and at that, time quite close to the Riccarton Road. Mr

M'Kinnon did the first ploughing in Canterbury, and grew the first grain and atack-d it, but (be native rat de voured it all. Having hidden his im plemenfcs from the Maoris, he set out id March, 1841, for Akaroa. Taking hifl four bullocks, he drove them loose mid curiad a small cable on his head. Mrs M'Kinnon carried Mrs Parkinson, then one year old, on her back. In this way, they reached Lake Forsyth in the first day. To do this they went through Gebbie's Valley and past what is now known as Price's and Birdling's, a distance of over thirty mile 9 with roads. All that Mrs M'Kinnon had to sustain her on that day was one potato. At Lake Forsyth they camped for a night in a cave. They went from there to Akaroa in a whale boat. The bullocks were driven overland to Akaroa where they were fattened and ultimately sold to the shipping. Mr M'Kinnon stayed in Akaroa for some yeare, and then he bought a smail farm at Island Bay, Banks Peninsula; where he eventually died.

Mr Peakinson was manager of the Kaituna station for Mr R. Beaton ! Rhodes, and afterwards engaged in business in Lyttelton, but ultimately bought the Eaituna Estate, where he lived for two years previous to bis death, which was caused by an accident at Dampier's Bay, Lyttelton in 1888. Latterly Mrs Parkinson lived at Motu karara, where she passed away last week, at the age of seventy five years. She had a family of twelve. Eight of these, five sons and three daughters are alive, and amongst them are Mr A. J. Parkinson, of Amberioy, the eldest; Messrs J. and W. F. i arkinson, of Kaifcuna, and Dγ T. Parkinson, of London. Another son Mr L. Par kinson is now with O.Y.Q. Squadron in Egypt having left with the Main Expeditionary Force.

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EARLY DAYS ON THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3457, 7 May 1915

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EARLY DAYS ON THE PENINSULA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3457, 7 May 1915

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