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MR, JOHN CURRENT. Mr Joliji Currin died early on Weclwi £ ™° rain S at his" residence, Uakeneld (writes our Wakefield correspondent), at the advanced age of 85 years. Mr Currin was oue of the early settlers, arriving in Blind Bay in the ship Prince of Wales, Captain Alexander, on (Friday) 24th of December, 1842. The next day, Christmas Day, being stormy, the captain remained at anchor, not daring to attempt the channel as the Fifeshire was then upon the "Fifeshire Rock." Sunday was spent on -board but on the Monday Captain Cross safely piloted the ship in. Mr Currin came out with his father and mother, his two brothers and two sisters from Northampton, England. One sister had been married to Mr John Noden, who accompanied them and whowas afterwards in the Wairau Massacre, but er.caped. He has been dead some yours but Mrs Noden, who is' 86 years of age, still lives in Motueka. The f amilv resided for some eighteen months" in Nelson, but Mr Currin spent, ---.the early part of his time in the Wairau, where he built the first house at "Bank house" station, the walls of which are still in good condition. "While out with a survey party at Motueka the Maoris attempted to stop the work and seized upon several of the men, Mr Cnrrin being one. As they were dragging v him through the forest a Maori jumped upon a stump, brandished his 'tomahawk and was about to bring it- down on Mr Currin 's head when the chief interposed and spared his life. Mr Currin underwent all the vicissitudes of the life- of an early _ settlov, often being hard put to it for food. -He leaves a brother,. Mr Thomas Gun-in, of Wakefieldj and another, Mr George T. Currin, of Fitzherbert, Palmerston North, •• and a sister, Mrs Noden, of Motueka. MY Currin came to Spring Grove in 1844 and took up the section on which he has lived all these years, and on which he died. His family consisted of sis sons and eight daughters, seventy-five grandchildren and fortyone great grandchildren.. Mrs Currin predeceased her husband by 26 years. Latterly his sight failed him. Ho was ailing only about 3 months being outside daily until a few days Iwfovo his death. He is laid alongside his wife, in St John's churchyard, Wakefield, the RcvO.E. Hewlett, vicar, performing the caremony in the presence of a number of his friends and relatives. MR LEWIS SHEA T HER. We hnvtito record tbe death of an old colonist in the psraon of Mr L3WJ3 Sbeather, who passed away ;it bis resicJ ence, Waiiroa RoHd, yasterdav-afteruoon^ in bis 77th year. Too lnte Mr Sbeatner was a native of Sussex, England, and earns out to New Sontb Wales over seveofcy years ago with bis parents, who were under flugagemant to too late, Captain Jodd Maoarthur, of Camden Park, well-known as a pioneor sheep breeder. After spending bis youth at .Uamrlen, Mr Sheatner wont to Sydney for a time, and later followed several of the goldfield rushes. In the year 1861 deceased came to Nelson, Bnd entered the employ of the late Hun. N. Edwards, with whom he remained until tbe death of Mr Edwards. He tbeo commenced busi ness as a dairyman in Brook street, retiring^ from uotiv© work about five ypars ago. Neatly three years flgo, deceased, who previously bad had very little trouble with bis heaith, sustained a paralytic "stroke, sioca which he bad been more or less an invalid. Mr Sneatner was a prominent memt er of the old Horticultural Socibly, and was a consistent prizetalcer "at the various shows, especially in. tbe vegetable classes. Mrs Sboather predecased her husband ■Sbou& 18 yenrs, acd tbe surviving members of the .family »re Mr Lewis Sbeatue? (Nelson), "■' Mrs W. (Jr. Stewart (Wellington), Mrs V. Gradam (Nelson), and Mra S. Mclntyre i (SVesfcporfc).
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