Another of the oldest Peninsula settlers in the person of Mr David Curry, of Grehan Valley, Akaroa, passed away on Wednesday last. The late Mr Curry was a quiet, well esteemed farmer for many years and with his wife worked hard in the early days to clear his farm of bush and carry on his pursuit of dairying. Being a man of energy and steady living he was eminently successful in farming and at the time of his death he owned the splendid property at the head of Grehan Valley, comprising between 800 and 900 acres. Mr Curry was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1837. When 28 years of age he determined to try his fortune in the colonies. He emigrated by the ship Glenmark, which arrived in Lyttelton on January 20th, 1865. He made his way to Akaroa Harbour, and for some eight years he worked in the bush in connection with Messrs 'Williams and Saxton's sawmills, 'Robinson's Bay. Then striking out for himself, when land was cheap, he took up a block of 100 acres towards the top of Grehan Valley, purchasing the same from the late Mr Richard Rowe, father of Mrs K. Jacobson, of Akaroa, and went in for dairying. As time went on he increased his holding, and, the land being particularly well adapted for his purpose, he prospered well, in a good season milking, by hand, as many as between 80 and 90 cows. As old age and physical infirmities made themselves more felt, he passed the management of the farm over to his son, Mr David Curry. His last years were spent peacefully and happily at the .old homestead of "Glenwood." The late Mr Curry had taken no active part in public affairs. He was a' man of sterling integrity, frank simplicity, and sturdy independence, a good neighbour, and a true friend, and he was noted for his hospitality. He leaves a widow and one son to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on the afternoon of Good Friday. The large concourse of men that assembled to pay the last tributes of respect bore testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased settler had been held by the whole district. The chief mourners were his son David, and his brothers Messrs W. Curry, of Christchurch, and S. Curry, of Robinson's Bay. The service at the graveside was conducted by Mr Fisher, of the Plymouth Brethren, Christchurch.
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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916
OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916
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