Tuapeka Gold­fields Mu­seum mo­ment

Clutha Leader - - HEALTH AND WELLNESS -

Re­cently, the Tuapeka Gold­fields Mu­seum in Lawrence was gifted a large tray with a sil­ver tea ser­vice.

Upon the tray was in­scribed: Pre­sented to Ho­race Bast­ings Esq. JP, by the citizens of Lawrence, Otago, on his re­tire­ment from the May­oral Chair, hav­ing oc­cu­pied that po­si­tion for six con­sec­u­tive years. It was dated Septem­ber 26, 1872.

Ho­race Bast­ings was the third son of Char­lotte Per­ci­val and Wil­liam Bast­ings, of Is­ling­ton, Lon­don, where he was born Jan­uary 4, 1832.

In 1849, the fam­ily em­i­grated to Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia aboard the ship Med­way.

In 1850, Ho­race mar­ried Emma (born March 6, 1828), third daugh­ter of Mr. Sa­muel Al­dred, of Bun­gay, Suf­folk.

Dur­ing the next 10 years, they would have seven chil­dren, only four of whom would sur­vive their first year.

In 1862, he and his wife and four chil­dren sailed for Dunedin aboard the ship City of Ho­bart. They set­tled at Lawrence where they had two more chil­dren; the first Arthur, died at 20 months, and Emma died aged 10 years.

He was a man of strong per­son­al­ity, able and en­er­getic who be­came deeply in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

In July 1866, Lawrence was des­ig­nated a mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Elec­tions held the fol­low­ing month re­sulted in Ho­race Bast­ings be­ing elected Lawrence’s first mayor, a po­si­tion he held un­til July 1872.

In Septem­ber 1867, the Tuapeka District Jockey Club was formed in Lawrence. Ho­race was elected as the first pres­i­dent. He raced a trot­ter named Tommy.

In 1878, a town­ship site was sur­veyed at Rae’s Junc­tion, named Bast­ings in his hon­our. But the town­ship site was not de­vel­oped and still re­mains a ‘pa­per town’.

By 1866, Lawrence iden­tity Cover­lid had erected the Black Horse Brew­ery, which he con­trolled un­til 1870, when he sold it to Bast­ings and an­other iden­tity, Ko­foed. In 1874, Ho­race sold his in­ter­est in the brew­ery to Wil­liam Hayes.

Ho­race also had a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in the Cobb & Co coach lines, Com­mer­cial Ho­tel, as well as be­ing a se­nior part­ner in Bast­ings, Leary and Com­pany, a firm of auc­tion­eers and fi­nan­cial agents.

He was on a com­mit­tee to es­tab­lish an Angli­can church in Lawrence.

For the rail­way to Lawrence, Ho­race headed the fight­ing fund with a sub­scrip­tion of twenty guineas. On Novem­ber 28, 1870, a pe­ti­tion for a rail­way to Lawrence was pre­sented to the Otago Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil. Con­struc­tion of the rail­way from Toko­mairiro to Tuapeka was au­tho­rised and con­tracts ten­dered in March 1873. The Rail­way was com­pleted and of­fi­cially opened at Lawrence on March 16, 1877.

Ho­race was a Mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Waikaia as well as be­ing a Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil­lor.

Dur­ing 1896, he re­vis­ited Eng­land af­ter an ab­sence of 47 years. On his re­turn, they moved to In­ver­cargill where he was the pro­pri­etor of Deschler’s Ho­tel.

Their fi­nal move was to Auck­land where Ho­race died 28 June, 1909, aged 78. His wife Emma died Au­gust 25, 1917. Both are buried at Purewa, Auck­land

Tuapeka Gold­fields Mu­seum


For­mer Lawrence Mayor Ho­race Bast­ings’ tea set.

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