Fam­ily re­mem­bers a found­ing fa­ther

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At Labour Week­end, 150 de­scen­dants and fam­ily mem­bers of early South Otago set­tler Archibald An­der­son gath­ered near Bal­clutha at the tiny town of Stir­ling named af­ter his birth­place in Scot­land, to cel­e­brate what would have been his 200th birth­day.

One of his de­scen­dants, Ruth Richard­son, has pro­vided glimpses into his life.

Archibald played a key role in gov­ern­ing a fledg­ling na­tion and district.

He was elected onto the Otago Provin­cial Coun­cil in 1853, and served un­til 1859.

His trip to coun­cil meet­ings in­cluded a three day walk to Dunedin, three weeks of meet­ings and a three day walk home - all at his own ex­pense.

John Shaw of Fine­gand, also on the coun­cil, usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied him.

Ruth’s ode to her an­ces­tor is in­ter­spersed with news­pa­per ex­cerpts, which high­light his con­tri­bu­tion to the district, and what it was like in those colo­nial days, through hard­ship, fire and flood. de­struc­tive fire oc­curred in the valu­able bush the prop­erty of Mr. An­der­son, Inch Clutha. The fire raged with great fury for about 24 hours, and at one time fears were en­ter­tained for the safety of Bal­moral House, Mr. An­der­son’s beau­ti­ful res­i­dence. The home­stead was saved by fam­ily grab­bing blan­kets, sous­ing them and fight­ing the blaze ... The dam­age to stand­ing tim­ber must be ex­ten­sive, as well as loss sus­tained by Mr. An­der­son’s or­chard. Mr. Pol­lock, con­trac­tor for rail­way sleep­ers, has had a con­sid­er­able loss in sleep­ers and sawn tim­ber. Graeme An­der­son of Nel­son.

Toasts to Archibald’s mem­ory were made by Kerry Sten­house of Auck­land, ab­sent fam­ily by John Boyd of Welling­ton. The old­est fam­ily mem­ber present Gla­dys Nancekiv­ell of Auck­land, cut the cel­e­bra­tion cake.

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Archibald An­der­son’s in­for­ma­tion sign at Stir­ling in South Otago.

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