Mrs Hannah Wright, the oldest resident of Bank’s Peninsula, Akaroa, died on Sunday morning at the ripe age of 96. She was born at Evanbrook, Kent, in 1818, came out to New Zealand in 1840 in the barque Martha Ridgway, landing with her husband in Wellington, where they resided for two years, living in a tent. The young couple then came down to Akaroa, the voyage taking 19 days in a small craft named the Looker-on. For a time they lived at Ikuraki, where Mr Wright had a whaling station in partnership with the noted Paddy Wood. Later Mr Wright took up about 1,600 acres at Wakamoa, Wainui, and went in for dairying. His first cows were procured from the Deans family. At that time dairying was a very profitable pursuit, with cheese selling at Is 6d per lb and butter at 2s 6d. Through all the trials and vicissitudes of early colonial life Mrs Wright took her share, and bravely faced its dangers, at one lime haying "to flee on horseback with two children from hostile natives. She had family of nine sons and three daughters, of whom six sons and two daughters survive her, upwards of 200 grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, also two > great-great grandchildren. The christening of the first great-great-grandchild was made the occasion of a great gathering of relatives gnd friends.
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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
Page 3 Advertisements Column 3 Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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