Martin Cash (1808 – 1877)

For those who knew Martin Cash (pictured) well, I’m sure no one was more surprised than Martin himself when he looked down to see his newly acquired police badge. Whether pride was felt that day, only Martin could answer that. How he continued to carry on his life shows us that if pride was felt …

Jane Deans (1823 – 1911)

It wasn’t love at first sight for either John or Jane Deans…unbelievable concerning the history they made together. Jane was born at Auchenflower Farm, Ayrshire, Scotland on the 21st April 1823. She was eldest child of farmer/gentleman James McIlraith and his first wife Agnes. When her mother died, Jane became the mother hen of her …

Octavius Mathias (1805 – 1864)

Rev. Octavius Mathias – 1805 – 1864 Reverend Octavius Mathias no doubt knew that it was him behind Bishop Harper’s comment that some of the early clergymen of Canterbury just lacked the commitment. Educated at Cambridge, Octavius became a Chaplin in the Royal Navy. Taking a keen interest in New Zealand, he was one of …