Truby King com­mem­o­ra­tion pro­posed

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Chap­man de­scribes King be­ing lured by the Otago gol­drush, and buy­ing a gold dredge from South­land, form­ing the Ar­gyle Gold Dredg­ing Com­pany in about 1902. The dredge was op­er­at­ing near Beau­mont on the Clutha River, and was moved to the Waikaka River.

Next came King’s puz­zling de­ci­sion to buy Lau­ris­ton farm near Ta­hakopa in 1911. The Catlins was a long, rugged jour­ney from Sea­cliff, and his beloved pa­tients who worked the farm there. But ap­par­ently King was able to fix things so that some could work at the Catlins farms. He ended up by own­ing six.

King even built a bridge to ac­com­mo­date a rail­way ex­ten­sion to link his tim­ber mill to the out­side world, which still stands today. He also built 24 mill work­ers’ houses, a very tech­ni­cally ad­vanced dairy op­er­a­tion, with the first her­ring­bone milk­ing shed. From his cheese fac­tory, he used the whey to feed a new pig­gery. He sold his farms in 1921.

King died in Welling­ton on Fe­bru­ary 10, 1938. He was the first pri­vate ci­ti­zen in New Zealand to be given a state funeral.

The men’s club hopes their trip will spark peo­ples’ in­ter­est in at­tend­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at a later date, to dis­cuss op­tions and have in­put into a com­mem­o­ra­tion, maybe some­thing as sim­ple as a plaque, or a more elab­o­rate struc­ture.

ALEXAN­DER TURN­BULL LI­BRARY

Plun­ket founder Sir Frederic Truby King, with a child named Made­laine, at the Kar­i­tane Hos­pi­tal in Welling­ton in 1932.

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