Passing of a Pioneer.
MR. THOMAS I \\\J I
The whole of Hawk. - i> mll mourn the loss of out < ► it (1 inhabitants in the dtiin uii < 1 took pia.ce at 7.30 this mmi _ t- \ residence, "Endsleigh rx m.li k Xovth, ,«£ Mr. Thorn s 1 i mi lit dad been ailing for .>< m* littl uik and an operation \v s I on Wednesday last, but me \i < m pioneer, never ful i illn o am pasn?d away as abow stated i un great old age of 88 wais He was or a great many ye u t osc 1\ i so ciated with the intiiisi" or li \« lock North. He was inun 1 ) ci St. Luke's vestry since He luii'dink if the church. He gu" ie - omn tor the church and tin -undn jchool, and also helped ii _,< Iv n the building of the tn j li and its subsequent enlargement, lie was a member of the C.E.M.S. and church warden for many years, and a member of the Hawse's Bay .Synod ip to last year, when his increasing :i?ars compelled him to relinquish the position. The* late Mr. Tanner was member for Waipawa in the House of Representatives from the year 1887 tc 1890. He was a keen politician, and a supporter of the Atkinson Government. Mr. Tanner was born in Wiltshire, England, in the year 1830 and was a son of the late _ Mr. Joseph Tanner, a landed proprietor in that county. He began the study of medicine, but not liking the profession, came to New Zealand in 1850, and went to Wanganui to learn sheepfarming with Mr. John Cameron, a large stock owner in that district. Tn the beginning of 1853 Mr.
Tanner n mow t tr Un <a In ind tod ui) i 1m- nn ji tn ,i a i wh i P in hum w is ii i i» uds nt > >'t i 1 Ini- < t Vn ii I iii ii I 1 it it n in in i 1 dshif h u I\i n i ii In nn mli < ' n "■<■ ' tth n i 1 mil in c i I i\il t t ict ( out ii i- i"tut ~<< ' i o UK id 'N l 1 inn his % i idi tin d 1 i use It ith tm i iuii if die } 1 nllld , tuning i' inn tumbles lu look pirt in its "-, <' W iipnwa md H iwk. i l<ii t w in Voluntatis md }ioll l ' l ' " u ,m troop to the u1 11 of Iht sc t 1 j '' ' r ttf ndl\ rntiws at th tunc < i t» MnnikiinlPmnti Bu m nn l He wa-j foi mim \nis mi in 1 lo f the uiuus local bodit <- The taih histoiv ut II si *■> 's l night with intcust In IMjI oi Sjj tnc hicnk i poi ti in of \ huh now eopsliti t<-s tm mrovgh ot II istmgs, »a fn'i leased from the natives by Messrs. Thomas Tanner and William Rich. This block comprised that portion of the plains between the Ngaruror" river and what was then known as the Waitio creek, but which has now become the ordinary bed of the Ngaruroro, owing to the great floods of 1867 causing the river to alter its course from one side of the block to the other. After the lease had been in force for some years, the Isesees formed a syndicate of twelve oersons (who became commonly known in Hawke's Bay as the "Twelve Apostles") and purchased the freehold from the natives. Among those admitted into this partnership were Messrs. Gordon Hill. J. N. Williams, J. D. Ormond. A. H. Russell. W. R. Russell and the Rev. Samuel (afterwards Archdeacon Williams). It has been eaid that these early
ettkis -trquired tLrii p T r*v f i ht pio\ti nil song md it ' K ' nn t-v snilhu 0 s ii m m\c ] " ! ' i tbf conpmd i ith th pus i llut it iiinHi ln 0 tin st u f uift would SM i to i Jii f" u Uuon, when huwcw i it n u ' u aba d taut m c it ' 1« '" fll i tti f,s =Uu tt tb t m tn i ouj l ind tin id \g ui i"'" t -, t m i t p t 1 li itt- ut the lus in - ultj.i In ui mil ili> l poition it l'i ts, 1 ( > th mn i sUec t wen in i - >ul ' <on Kin i ind i it t p>>■" UJ m u tht. uiuie pionucc i si ii\ I si it ten. <it \u'l K nt it t j puce was, not so m ß n as it fa* ii . now looking back fiuni t'tt p ospti ous boiougi ot to di\ to its modi t bnth o\ti io\e<iis i o o Ihe tkmind fot land in the ioi i o h did n< i eidih mciei-s mit fa oi 7 later Mr. Tanner offered an acre ot the btst linn in the picstn* boro ig foi e\ciy tlieei ploug jfd Jh t is to say calculating on the value ot labour at that period, he was offer ing land in Hastings for £3 an acre unci accepting payment in labour. Yet he could find very few to tak. advantage of these liberal terms, li 1871 Mr. Tanner endeavoured to dis pose of his land at £5 an acre an; even at less, for he offered a block of 610 acres (in its entirety) extend ing on one side from the corner or which the present Union Bant stands, to the Havelock bridge*, ano on th,3 other side along the Karamv road to the site now occupied by th< late Mr. C. A. Fitzroy's resident-, at £4 an acre, but could not get - i buyer. In 1893 Mr. Tanner visited Eng land, when he resigned all his public, offices, except his seat on the Education Board.
', During his long residence in the ! .listrift, Mr. Tanner took u prominent ! pan. in alj mr.it" i;s tor l!m a<naiuv iiioiit ui iiip ili-triet ; The'lK.dy was tnln-n to tin- church , this ai'U'iiioun and a I'uuiral •■;\i"'>' 1 a.!! be l.iM I to-morrow morning at II o'clock, the otliclat-.ng iimi.sUvsbpiitf? the bishop ot \\ aiupu. Canon Ma\ue, a:;,! lh«- U.-v. A. liah. Imlate -Air. Taii.v* \>as a .staunch churchman and vas wry macli at tached to St. Liik- : s Church. At U o'clock this morning the school child).-11 of the i/a'Ciocn .North He M.ol .iSH'inl.l'd round th. j Hag pole when the Hag was lunsi.u half-mast, oat ..t rct,pe<. t to the hi. Mr. Tanner. The headmaster am: the Fiev. if. "Waugh (chairman oi U*. School Commitce), refer, d to th' : great work Mr. Tanner had_ 'Lne V : the past in connection wit.i Im j schools, and the great int. rest taken bv him in the I;av.doek Lehool ir particular. The Rev. Mr. \\ augh also rcforifd to the Bible Cbsseheld daily for which Mr. Tanner had provided'piizos for many jiais. Among the various gift* made b\ Mr. Tanner was the present school! grounds of the Hastings District High School. Deceased had nine children, se\ en of whom are living, vis:., OupfErnest Tanner, Arrington Tanner and Mrs- Cra\g Lang (hngkuid). an •■ Messrs. Charli 's and TL IV Tanner (Havelock Noifh), Mr«. Smith. (Rotorua) and Mrs. Dudley Hill (Ftfnhill). "Widespread syrnathy expressed for the widow and family in their sad bereavement. The late Mr Tanner to. k a zreni interest in the work of the "Y.M.C'.A. ■ uid was one of the association's mot I earnest
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Passing of a Pioneer., Hastings Standard, Volume VIII, Issue 196, 22 July 1918
Passing of a Pioneer. Hastings Standard, Volume VIII, Issue 196, 22 July 1918
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