Info 1b, Bernard MacMahon
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BERNARD MACMAHON was amoungst the first settlers to arrive in Nelson, in 1841, as part of the New Zealand Company's decision to set up a new settlement. He arrived prior to his wife as part of a labour force engaged to build the new Settlement. His wife followed a few months later with their son who sadly died on the voyage.
"The labourers were given free passage for themselves and their families and 1 pound 8 shillings a week - half of which was to be paid to their wives in England until they, too, embarked with the main party a few months later. The men were required to be under thirty years of age, of excellent character, good workers, and be prepared to stay with the Company for two years"New Zealand Company Contract
Passenger Name Occ age SHIP Departed Gravesend Arrival Nelson McMahon, Bernard Ag lab 28 Whitby 27 April 1841 04 November 1841 McMahon, Margaret wife 24 Lloyds 11 september 1841 15 February 1842 McMahon, James child 1 Lloyds 11 September 1841 Died during Voyage.
When the Lloyds came into Nelson, it brought with it many stories of sickness and death. While travelling the seas between Port Gravesend in England and Port Nicholson in New Zealand, James was one of 67 children under the age of 14 who died due to an outbreak of whooping cough on board.
View of Nelson Haven in Tasman's Gulf, New Zealand, including
a part of the site of the intended town of Nelson 1841.
Drawn in November 1841 by C. Heaphy, Draftsman to the New Zealand Company.
View from the first ridge above the beach showing a prefabricated barracks to the left and the tents erected to house the first settlers to Nelson, a well, a flag, and several carts. The view looks from the land towards the Boulder Bank and Haulashore Island, and the Arrow or Fifeshire rock across Tasman Bay to the distant snow-capped Moutere Hills and Tasman Range. The first three immigrant ships, The Will Watch, the Whitby and the Arrow are shown in the harbour with flags flying. There are clumps of trees at the water's edge, but the land is otherwise grassed or with flax and bracken.
Nelson Examiner and NewZealand Chronical July 1853 Bernard MacMahon, Riwaka, Farmer, Owner, Motueka and Massacre Bay Nelson Land Registry 1954/111 Sept 09, Applying to purchase land in the Riwaka Valley (Bernard McMahon) 1954/112 sept 09, Applying to rent Native section No.72 in the Riwaka Valley (Bernard McMahon Nelson Examiner, 9th December 1854 Bernard MacMahon, Riwaka, Farmer, owner
|Nelson Examiner, 14th June 1856|
|ELECTION OF LOCAL COMMITTEES UNDER EDUCATION ACT.
A meeting of the householders of the district of Riwaka was held at the School-house, on Monday, the 9th of June instant, for the purpose of electing a local committee under the "Education Act;" Mr. Jacka in the chair.
It was moved by Mr. MacMahon, seconded by Mr. Robert Pattie, and carried unanimously : —
" That this meeting is of opinion that the Education Act passed in the last session of the Provincial Council, is fair and liberal in its principles and deserves to be supported." The following nine persons were then elected a local committee for the district, for the ensuing year, viz.: —
Mr. Macmahon, Mr. William Pratt, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Charles Pattie, Rev. Mr. Lloyd,
Mr. William Lodder, Mr. Robert Pattie, Mr. Edward McNab, Mr. William Micklo.
|The Colonist, 5th July 1864|
—At a meeting in the Riwaka Schoolroom, on the 25th June, the following persons were duly elected as the Committee for the year : Messrs. B. Macmahon (chairman), B. Strachan, A. Drummond, J. Fowler, jun., W. Mickell, and C. Pattie! Mr. Robert was appointed Representative at the Central Board.
The Colonist 28th November 1865 NELSON Provincial Council elections MOTUEKA: re-elected Bernard MacMahon Nelson Examiner, 3rd june 1872 DIRECTORY Justice of the Peace ... MacMahon B; ... Nelson Examiner, 3rd January 1873 Directory, MacMahon B;
|Nelson Evening Mail 31st August 1876|
|Motueka Highway Board:
Report of secretary - ...(snip)
I have ascertained that land for a cartroad can be obtained at the lower end of the Valley. Mr Macmahon is willing that a piece 60 links wide should be taken across the corner of section No 72, on condition that a good substantial fence is put up, and that he be paid the sum of twenty pounds, the cost of the breakwaters he has put in to protect the river bank.
The Colonist, 18th July 1878 ROAD BOARD ELECTIONS. The following gentlemen, have been elected members of the Road Boards in the following districts .— Bernard Macmahon, Sub-district of Riwaka ;
31st dec 1855 NZ Gazette, Nelson, Directory Bernard MacMahon, Riwaka, Farmer, Owner, Motueka, Riwaka Directory 1887 Bernard MacMahon J.P. George MacMahon, Farmer Henry MacMahon, Farmer
1853-64? Motueka, Tasman Bernard MacMahon, Riwaka, Farmer, Freeholder, Leaseholder and Householder, Motueka 1875 Motueka, Tasman Bernard MacMahon, Riwaka, Freehold(1) , 1. Riwaka, part of section 61, rural Leasehold(2), 2. Riwaka, section 61 ; Household(3), 3. Riwaka, upon secton 49 James Macmahon, Riwaka, Freehold part of section 61 Leasehold section 41 Thomas MacMahon, Riwaka, Freehold Riwaka section 45 Leashold Riwaka section 72 1880 motueka Bernard MacMahon, Freehold, Riwaka, Fsrmer, Riwaka part section 61 1886 New Zealand Gazette Justice of the peace resigned Department of Justice Wellington 10th August 1886 Hi Excellency the Govenor has been pleased to accept the resignation by Bernard MacMahon Esq., of Riwaka, Nelson. Bernard and Margaret died 1889
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