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OBITUARY.

MR W. H. VALPY

It is a long call back to 1854 —fiftyseven years —and there are few old settlers now who can claim intimacy with the very early incidences of settlement. Such u one was Mr W. H. Valpy, whose death at the ripe old age of 79 years —(deceased celebrated his 70th birthday only a few days ago) — took place at his son's residence in Thames street yesterday. The late Mr W". H. Valpy was well known and highly respected throughout Otago, and in no portion more so than in North Otago, where he formed several business connections and where he was respected by all for his uprightness and integrity. The deceased gentleman arrived with his parents- from the Old Land by the ship Ajax, landing on the Bth January, 1849, and was given by his father the management of a fun at Waihola, which the latter had purchased prior to leaving England. In 1852 Mr W. H. Valpy shipped the first fat stock sent overwater from Otago to Canterbury, and himself, accompanied by two shepherds, returned to Otago on horseback, a feat never before accomplished. In 1855 Mr Valpy became proprietor of the Maerewhenua Station. Relinquishing Maerewhenua, Mr Valpy purchased, in 1856, the Oamaru and Upper Taipo runs, but in consequence of a severe accident he was compelled to sell these properties. Mr Valpy afterwards acquired the Patearoa run, in the Upper Taieri, and in 1860 sold it. to the late Dr Buchanan. After that Mr Valpy lived in retirement until 1874, when he w:ss appointed Crown lands ranger for the northern portion of Otago, but retired from the position in 1888, when he and his family took up two runs at the head of Lake Wakatipu, afterwards selling these properties. In the early sixties, Mr Valpy (vas made a justice of the peace, and he acted as Sergeant-at-Arms in the Otago Provincial Council, during the time that Mr Julius Vogcl was Provincial Treasurer. He was married in 1858 to Penelope Caroline, daughter of the late Mr S. F. Every, of Silver Anderson's Bay, Dnnedin. Ho is survived by a family of four sons and three daughters, to whom the sympathy of a large circle of friends will extend in their bereavement.

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OBITUARY., Oamaru Mail, Volume XXXIX, Issue 10670, 20 January 1911

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OBITUARY. Oamaru Mail, Volume XXXIX, Issue 10670, 20 January 1911

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