Is­land’s farm­ing his­tory a great tale

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farm on the is­land’s 525 acres.

Vella’s sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence must have proved use­ful; he would row out to the is­land each day, ex­cept dur­ing busy sea­sons when his fam­ily would join him on the is­land. Af­ter Vella’s death in 1929, the farm was run by two of his sons un­til 1951.

The last cat­tle were re­moved from Mana Is­land in 1986. A restora­tion project has been un­der­taken by DOC and as­sisted by the Friends of Mana Is­land, but there are still some rem­nants of the is­land’s sheep farm­ing past, in­clud­ing Vella’s wool­shed.

The only in­hab­i­tants now though are of the na­tive va­ri­ety.

This pho­to­graph shows Vella with his sec­ond wife, Elizabeth, and their chil­dren, out­side their cot­tage in Pare­mata.

Fa­mous fam­ily: Mar­i­ano Vella and his fam­ily out­side their house at Pare­mata, ca 1895. Back row, from left, Mar­i­ano Vella, Elizabeth Vella hold­ing Mat­tea (Martha), Elizabeth’s cousin; front row, from left, Wil­liam, Ida, and An­drew. (ATL ref: 1/2-201331-F). Pho­tog­ra­pher un­known. Paul Philip Vella Col­lec­tion.

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