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On Saturday morning at his residence, Waterford, near Southbridge, Mr Moses Cryer died at the ripe old age of ninety. Until quite recently Mr Cryer, despite his great age, has been comparatively active, taking great interest in the management of the farm, which he superintended until he sold it about a year ago. Just about that time he was knocked down in his paddock by a horse, and since then has hardly ever been out of the house. It was not until last Wednesday, however, that he was obliged to remain in bed, and growing rapidly wocse,on Saturday morning he passed peacefully away. He was born in Gloucestershire in 1803. With his wife and family He arrived in Nelson in the New Zealand Company . ship Mary in 1849. Thence he went to Wellington and thence to Lytteiton, arriving there at the end of the same year. He came from Wellington with Captain Thomas in the barque Fair Tasmania, and settling in Port, was placed in charge of the Canterbury Company's stores. . Soon afterwards he started in business on his own account, opening the first butchery business in Lytteiton. The first mob of cattle he killed he drove on foot from the Kaikouras, being absent so long that his friends feared he was lost. About thi_ time he purchased the Waterford estate, then a station of some 5000 acres, placing his nephew, George Cryer, in charge. Five or six years afterwards Mr Cryer opened a shop in Christchurch, but his nephew being drowned in the R.kaia River in 1856, he disposed of his business and undertook the management of his station. Soon afterwards he lost his only son Charles, and in 1857 his wife. From time to time he sold portions of his run in farms, retaining only Waterford Homestead, Wedderburn, and Cabbage Tree. These properties he worked until about a year ago, when he sold them. Mr Cryer leaves five daughters surviving—Mrs Walter Spring. Mrs Samuel Scott, Mrs W. McCormick, Mrs John Gebbie, and Miss S. Cryer. Mrs Scott is married to Mr Samuel Scott, who landed in Wellington in 1839, and who came down with Mr Cryer to Lytteiton in the Fair Tasmanian to assist Captain Thomas in the original survey of the township of Christchurch. Mr Scott and Mr Cass are now the two oldest surviving settlers in Canterbury.

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OBITUARY., Press, Volume L, Issue 8585, 12 September 1893

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OBITUARY. Press, Volume L, Issue 8585, 12 September 1893

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