Info 3a, Caroline and George MacMahon

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George MacMahon married
Caroline elizabeth Hill on,
13th sept 1887 in the newly built
Christ Church Cathederal, Nelson
Chris Church Cathederal



George MacMahon was the 5th son of Bernard and Margaret who were immigrants from Ireland.
George was born 16th August 1853 in the Riwaka district.

George married in 1887 to Caroline, and the first few years they live with George's parents at Riwaka, but by 1900 He and his family had moved to Tapawera, where he farmed a large tract of the valley with his son Russell. They ran sheep, beef and grew tobacco, the house they built there was known as Mania-roa

George later moved to Stoke, close to Nelson, (c1911) where he developed a large apple orchard between Tipahi St, Isel Park, Koromiko Ave and the main Rd Stoke.
The homestead there was called Ngio-nui and still stands today. The orchard land is all subdivided and intensively built in 3 dwellings per 1/4 acre.
George MacMahon



George MacMahon and Family - circa 1908-1911
MacMahon Family

George MacMahon's daughters
MacMahon daughters


Biography compiled by Karen Stade, Nelson Provincial Museum
The MacMahons, George and son Russell
For many years the MacMahon farm, just north of the Tapawera village, hosted the Tapawera Military Camp. The camp was regularly attended by thousands of volunteer soldiers from April 1909 and compulsory territorial soldiers from 1912.

George MacMahon (sometimes spelled as McMahon) was a sheep farmer and Waimea County Councillor, married to Caroline nee Hill. He was a firm supporter of the military and was the Tapawera delegate of the Canterbury Military District National Efficiency Board, representing the Executive Group Committee on the permanent Executive Council.

George showed his community spirit in many ways, also allowing his land to be used by other organisations, including the Motueka Valleys Racing Club, which held its race meetings there from at least 1907. He served on the Tapawera School committee and held office on numerous other organisations and clubs.

George died in 1935, following Caroline’s death in 1929. Both are buried at Wakapuaka Cemetry in Nelson.
In 1915 George declared his own willingness to serve in the war if the authorities would let him. However, his age was against him, although his only son, Russell Bernard, no stranger to the Tapawera camp himself, was called up.

Nelson Evening Mail 29 Nov 1918 A resolution of sympathy with Mr. George Macmahon on the death of his only son, Russell Macmahon, was passed by the Nelson City Council last evening, on the motion of Cr. Hampson, seconded by Cr. Baigent.
Ealiest record of George moving to Stoke is 1911 where he developed an orchard.

Colonist 18th April 1918
Nelson Farmers Union Lime Company ltd.
The following nominations for the Directory of the above Company were
duly recieved by the Secretary. 
W. Thorn, Farmer Richond
G. MacMahon Farmer Tapawera
A Drummond, Farmer Stanly Brook

Evening Star, 9th December 1918
FIRE AT TAPAWERA
A fire at Tapawera, on the Motueka River, on Saturday night, totally destroyed  
Greep's store and dwellinghouse, to which was attached the post office. 
Mr. Greep's, premises were insured for £250. The building was owned by 
Mr. George MacMahon, and was insured, but the amount is not ascertainable. 
The safe was removed from the post office. Its contents are intact.                                                                       


Nelson evening Mail 16th January 1919
Mr. George MacMahon has been re-elected Chairman of directors of the 
Nelson Freezing Works Company. This is the 9th year in succession that 
Mr. MacMahon has occupied the position.


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