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William Reeve

Arrived: 1838
Country of origin: Suffolk, England
Area in New Zealand: Chatham Islands
Source: Paperspast.

A remarkable old pioneer settler died in Wellington yesterday in the person of Mr William Reeve. Mr Reeve arrived in Sydney a member of the crew of the whaling brig Ann and Mary as early as 1838, and in that vessel visited Wellington in 1839, when settlement round the shores of the harbour was represented by a few Maori pas. Finding that small "trade" could be done, the brig stood away to the Chathams, arriving there in May, 1839, soon after a French whaler had been seized by the Morioris and her crew devoured. As the result of the fight with the Frenchmen, several of the natives who visited the brig were still showing signs of the melee. While taking in stores the Ann and Mary was cast upon the rocks and totally wrecked. Mr Reeve and others of the crew then settled on the islands. In January, 1841, he came up to Wellington, and on the arrival of the ship Stains Castle on January 22nd he picked out a wife from amongst the immigrants, and took her down to his island home, where he lived until 1844. He then went a-whaling again, and eighteen months later he returned and transferred his wife to Wellington, where her brother had settled. He subsequently purchased six acres of land from Mr Frank Johnson, in the township named after its founder, and the house he erected was standing quite recently. Mr Reeve resided there, off and on, for 25 years, when he migrated to Foxton. Of late years he had spent his time residing with different members of his family, and though in his ninety-seventh year he was riding a horse at Taihape only a few weeks ago. Mr Reeve only took to his bed on Tuesday. He leaves four sons and five daughters- Mrs Elizabeth Taylor, of Foxton; Mr William Reeve, of Pelorus Sound; Mrs Harriet King, of Binham Street, Wellington Mrs Dewar, of Foxton; Mrs W. H. Brightwell, of Newtown; Messrs John, Frank and Arthur Reeve, of Masterton; and Mrs Dunbar, of Taihape.—N.Z. Times.