) EARLY DAYS IN RIVERTON.
Mr W. R. Pankhurst, who has been re-elected Mayor of Riverton, entertained the Council at a supper on Monday night. Replying to a toast of his "health, Mr Pankhurst gave some interesting reminiscences of the early history of the Borough, and also of the council. He landed in Riverton in 1855, and at a time when there were not more than seven European families residing - in the place, Dallas and a person named “Old Ned,” lived in South Riverton, Paulin. Daniels, Capt. Howell and Capt. Stevens in North Riverton. Ho came down with the last-named gentleman in the Maid of Otago. At that time Palmerston street was covered with bush, and the town was not surveyed until some years afterwards. Residents at that time had also to grow their own grain and crush their wheat to make bread. Coming to Council matters he had sat almost continuously on the Borough Council for the past 23 years, and had occupied the position of councillor under the late J. W. Chapman, Messrs J. Mills, Jno. Petchell, Geo. Robertson, E. Ward (who had occupied the position for seven years), D. Durbridge. and J. C. Thomson.
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Old-time Echoes, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907
Old-time Echoes Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907
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