MR FOSTER IRWIN. AN EARLY PIONEER. On Saturday there _passed away a well known figure in Pukekohe, Mr Foster Irwin, who was one of the early pioneers of the Morrinsville district. Born in County Tyrone, Ireland, 8”: years ago, the deceased and his wife landed in New Zealand in about the year 1865. ( Mr Irwin resided in Auckland for some years and later removed to the Waikato, where he was engaged in constructional works on the railroads.
In following years the late Mr Irwin purchased a farm about one and a half miles distant from the town of Morrinsville. During his twenty years of farming, the deceased was well known as a successful horse breeder; and won many prizes with his equines. He was recognised as one of the best farmers in the W alk * to. For several years he has been living in retirement at Pukekohe. Deceased leaves a family of eight sons* and four daughters. The funeral took plaoe at Morrinsville to-day.
MR CHARLES BRADSHAW VICKERS. VERY EARLY MAUKU SETTLER. The death occurred at his late residence, Tuhilcaramea, on the Waipa River on Friday last, of Mr Charles Bradshaw Vickers, who had been, tor many years a farmer in that district. Mr Vickers, who was in his 86th year was one of the early Mauku settlers, having come to that district with his father, the late Mr Samuel Vickers, who purchased the Falls farm in 1856. His mother was a sister of the late Mr Joseph Crispe, who settled on Stanlake farm adjoining about the same time.
The elder Mr Vickers had come lo New Zealand some • years previously, and taken up land in Taranaki, but.net caring for the conditions had come north, as a good many Taranaki farmers still do. With his three sons, of whom Mr Charles Vickers was the youngest, he began to, break in his Mauku property, which consisted chiefly of bush land. Open ti-tree country was broken up by bullock teams, the plough which was used, of the long-handled Scotch swing type, being still on the farm. Mr Vickers is believed to have brought this plough from England in 1848; and to have it in Taranaki before bringing it to Mauku. ' -
Later on Mr Charles Vickecjfrand his elder brother Francis, who is still living, at the. age of 88, tried their fortunes in the South Island for a year r? two. In 1866 the farm at Mauku was sold, and a little later ,Mr Charles Vickers purchased land at Tuhikaramea where he has since resided. He is survived by Mrs Vickers, five sons and two daughters.
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Franklin Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 68, 18 June 1928, Page 4
OBITUARY. Franklin Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 68, 18 June 1928
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