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Martinborough founder, John Martin, dies - 1892

Evening Post, 17 May 1892

It is with great regret that we have to record the death of the Hon. John Martin, which occurred at his residence, Fountain Hall, today, about noon, after a brief illness. The causes of death was pneumonia.

There were few men better known in Wellington than Mr. Martin, one of its earliest settlers. He worked hard in a humble way at the start, and rose to become one of Wellington's wealthiest citizens and to fill a seat in the Legislative Council.

Mr. Martin passed through all the vissitudes of colonial life, and worked well in all. He was a steady, shrewd, and far-seeing man, and deserved the success which attended his efforts.

Mr. Martin was of North of Ireland parentage, but was born at Maghera, near Dublin.

He arrived in Wellington in the ship Lady Nugent in 1841, accompanied by several brothers, who afterwards went to Otago, where two of them are still alive. Three others died in Otago. Tho young men wore …

John Martin marries - 1899

Evening Post, 23 February 1899
Quite an eventful wedding look place here at the Anglican Church yesterday.

The contracting parties were Mr. John Martin, the well known Laird of Purutanga, and Miss Dymes, who has only recently arrived from England.

The bride was attired in a handsome brocaded silk costume, with the orthodox veil and orange blossoms, while the bridesmaids, Miss Freda Martin and Miss Gladys Quicke, both charmingly attired. Mr. Webster, of Wellington, acted as best man.

The Rev. Mr. Young, of Carterton, was the officiating clergyman.

The church, which was crowded, was prettily decorated with flowers and evergreens.

After the ceremony, the bride and bridegroom and guests adjourned to Mr. W. Martin's fine old homestead at Hungurau, where they found a most sumptuous luncheon awaiting them.

After many congratulatory toasts, the happy couple left about 3.30 o'clock for Masterton, enroute for Auckland, where they intend spending the honeymoon.
John Martin was the son of…

Public Square proposed for Masterton - 1902

Evening Post, 27 September 1902
A well-attended meeting of citizens was held yesterday to consider the question of forming a public square.

Mr.H. C. L. Robinson, the convener, explained the proposal, which is either to lease or purchase a part of what is known as the Anglican Church acre, opposite the Post Office.

A deputation was appointed to wait on the Borough Council to further the objects of the meeting.

The Anglican Church Acre mentioned in this story still exists and is owned by Masterton Anglican Parish (St Matthew's). It is leased to commercial organisations.  This church acre, the northern boundary of which is Church Street, extends from Dixon Street to Queen Street.  The first St Matthew's Church and school room was on this site, roughly where Shoprite is located.

In 1913 the second St Matthew's was built, on the site of the present St Matthew's, in Church Street, east of Dixon Street.

The Small Farms Association is established

Gareth Winter writes.

At 7 p.m. on Friday 18 March 1853 a well–attended meeting was held in the Crown and Anchor on the beach at Lambton Quay in Wellington. The meeting, called by a group of Wellington working men, discussed the establishment of a Society to promote the cause of "village settlements," and the establishment of small farms for families with little capital. The meeting appointed a committee to set up such an organisation. The committee of five contained three who were to have a major impact on the future establishment of the Small Farms Association settlements of the Wairarapa plains - Joseph Masters, Charles Carter and William Allen.

Masters had started the ball rolling with a series of letters he had written in 1852, published in the Wellington Independent, under the pseudonym of 'A Working Man,' calling for Wellington settlers to be judicious in the voting for public office. He urged that voters should only vote for those who supported the concept of…