|The Dagg family of Upper Plain, Masterton, circa 1900|
A Wairarapa pioneer, Mr. James George Dagg, died in the Masterton Hospital yesterday morning, at the age of 80 years, states a special message to "The Post."
The late Mr. Dagg, who was held in high respect by all who know him as a good farmer and a loyal friend, had spent almost the whole of his long life in New Zealand. Born in Mullingar, West Meath, Ireland, he was brought to this country by his parents 78 years ago. The family landed at Wellington from the ship Westminster, and the journey into the Wairarapa was made by bullock dray, the grown-up members of the party doing most of the journey on foot.
The late Mr. Dagg had farmed for 52 years the property at Kaituna which he occupied up to the time of his death.
In the days of the Maori War, Mr. Dagg served in the ranks of the Volunteers in the Wairarapa.
He was the first chairman of the Kaituna School Committee, and had long been closely associated with Knox Church, of which he had been an elder for the last twenty years. For a good many years Mr. Dagg had been a member of the Masterton Bowling Club.
His wife predeceased him about ten years ago, and he is survived by a family of three sons and two daughters. The sons are
Messrs. Robert Dagg, Kaponga, Taranaki;
J. G. Dagg, Masterton; and
H. W. Dagg, Kaituna.
The daughters are
Mesdames F. Truscott, Worksop Road, and
R. Taylforth, Fernridge.
The late Mr. Dagg is survived also by one brother, Mr. J. T. Dagg, Masterton, and four sisters,
Mesdames H. Graham, Auckland;
W. De Lisle, Auckland;
W. Townsend, Thames; and
E. J. Rose, Upper Plain.
Photograph: Wairarapa Archive