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Auckland Star, 14 January 1926, Page 11 Forge Fires Dying
To a town-bred man a smithy does not mean so much as it does to a man whose youth was passed in the country, but the vivid appeal the blacksmith's craft makes to all our race seems to link us all townsmen and country folk with the days when "every rood of ground maintained its man." Smithies are dark and cavernous places —the darkness being deliberate not accidental, as the gloom makes it easier to judge whether the glowing iron has reached the correct heat—and the fire glimmering or blazing at the back stands out all the more in contrast. Then the aproned figure of the smith, one arm working the bellows handle, which ended often in a cow's horn, and the other tending the fire, one minute a black heap of coal from which issues thick yellow acrid smoke, the next a roaring pyramid of flame from which the grimy tender would from time to time draw out the iron bar to see how it was getting on.
    Most of us as children have waited breathlessly for the supreme moment when the wonderful man drew it out for the last time, and turning quickly to the anvil with the glowing mass that sputtered golden sparks around, he proceeded to beat it into a horse-shoe. In itself the shoe combines some of the most beautiful lines in architecture, and apart from its own beauty it is the symbol of good luck. So that the forge is really a concatenation of sights and sounds that perhaps explain the remarkable appeal the smith's craft has made to poets, painters, and even musicians. Probably no single poem is so popular with the ordinary people as Longfellow's well known lines.
    There are other things connected with the forge that are rather attractive— the ease with which the smith handles recalcitrant horses, the trying on of the hot shoe held by a sharp punch driven into one of the nail-holes, the white smoke that rises from the burning hoof, emitting a smell that is decidedly peculiar, and sort of pleasantly unpleasant. Every country child is familiar enough with the charm of the peep through the smithy-door, and can well remember the thrill of importance the first day he was trusted to take Dobbin or Maggie to be shod. Unfortunately this picturesque old trade is going the way of all handcrafts; the motor is driving it right out of the world. Of all hand-crafts it has held its own the longest, for men have been heating metal in fire and beating it out into tools or weapons for untold centuries, and the smith of to-day goes through just the same processes" as "his forerunners who used to beat out rude implements beside the Nile before Father Abraham went journeying with his flocks. Many a fire has gone out since petrol came to the front. People who love old things and old customs cannot but regret the passing of these old trades that are so closely connected with our lives, our literature and our art. There is something peculiarly satisfying and appealing about the work of human hands, something that can never be caught by the machine made article.

Timaru Herald, 24 January 1895, Page 3 Magisterial.
Wednesday, January 23rd. (Before C.A. Wray, Esq., S.M.)
Donald Munro v. J. Russell, claim £37 13s for wages, £7 15s paid into court. Mr Hay for plaintiff Mr White for defendant: This was a claim for wages as blacksmith, from April 1892 to July 1833. Nothing was said about the rate of wages until the plaintiff left defendant's employment, when the parties differed as to the rate. Plaintiff claimed 8s a day, as the usual rate of wages for blacksmiths. A deduction of 13s a week was made for board: holidays, and lost time had also been deducted, and nothing was claimed for overtime, of which there had been a good deal, and cash received left the amount sued for. Plaintiff said he had an offer of 8s 6d a day before going to defendant. To Mr White; was not employed chiefly as striker. Learned the business with defendant seven years ago; paid him 5s a week at first, and was paid 20s the last year. To His Worship: Could give no reason for not inquiring, during 63 weeks what his wages were to be. Claimed 35s a week because a man who had been there before had that amount. Admitted that it was a mistake not to ask what he was to get. Offered to take 30s a week to settle without expense.
    J. Smith, blacksmith, Timaru, stated that the regular rate of wages in the trade was 8s or 9s a day, or 1s an hour ; over-time 1s an hour. Would expect to pay 8s a day if there was no bargain - To Mr White: 7s a day would be the lowest he would offer an inferior man, if he was any good, at all. Strikers are worth about £2 2s a week.
    W. Scarfe gave similar evidence. A tradesman would not take less than 8s. Plaintiff had worked for him satisfactorily. „Defendant said the plaintiff was not a fully competent workman. When became back, at witness's request, nothing was said about wages, but it was understood that they should be what was usual in the district. He named two competent men who had worked for him for 25s a week and found, and another, as good as plaintiff, for 22s 6d. When plaintiff left he demanded 30s a week, not 35s a week. Offered him 25s all along, and that was as much as he was entitled to.— To Mr Hay: None of the men were for overtime; they were paid for holidays, and one went against the other. Seven years ago paid a much better man 35s week. He did not consider plaintiff a blacksmith ; he was only a helper. Offered £10 in settlement and plaintiff offered to take £22. Brought a specimen of plaintiffs work to show how rough a workman he was.— To His Worship: Thought plaintiff understood what wages were going ; he knew what his predecessors were paid — 25s and found. Could not swear that he knew this, believed he did. Never had any conversation with him about wages. Paid him so much each month, and thought he was satisfied. G. Irvine, had worked, for defendant at 25s, and plaintiff knew that. That was very good wages for a "helper," which was all that defendant wanted. Was getting 7s a day now, in another shop in St. Andrews. A country blacksmith cannot afford to pay 8s a day ; he does not get the business to do it.
    John Drysdale, manager for Reid and Gray, said the wages for a helper were 6s a day, and 7s for a good one. There was no such thing as "ordinary blacksmith's wages," as they varied so much, from 6s upwards, in town.
    F. Childs, blacksmith, Makikihi: Could not say what a man was worth as helper unless he saw him at work. Paid 15s a week and found to a helper in 1893, and two at 10s. Paid a smith then 30s. Men were plentiful then, and one could get a good helper at 25s and found. Had an experienced workman (his own son) now at this rate. A competent man now was worth 30s and found. His Worship said the prudent course would  have been to have a proper understanding beforehand. He must be guided by the ordinary rate of wages, m the absence of an Plaintiff did not appear to be a first rate workman but rather a helper, and probably 7s a day would be a fair rate of payment .to allow. He would deduct 15s a week as a fair charge for board and lodging, which brings the wages down to 27s a week. Judgment for £11 6s, including the amount paid into court.

Otago Witness 31 March 1898, Page 11
Aitken, William, born Edinburgh May, 1855 ; arrived Strathallan 1858 ; has been engaged farming, blacksmithing, contracting, and cropping in Oamaru and Timaru districts ; some years past binder expert. Family, five sons, four daughters.

ALLAN, W. Waimate pg1072

Timaru Herald
, 29 August 1911, Page 5
Old residents of Pleasant Point will remember Mr David Anderson, who carried on business as blacksmith and coachbuilder in the township from some time in the sixties till 1886, when he moved to Napier and later to Dannevirke. News has been received of the death of Mr Anderson a few days ago. He was a native of Clatt, Aberdeenshire, and had reached the age of 80 years. The local paper states that the late Mr Anderson was a popular townsman. He possessed a fond of humour, and was always ready with a smart retort or witty reply. He took a keen and intelligent interest in all local and political matters, and in death removes a very familiar figure among the old identities of the place. Deceased is survived by four sons and five daughters. Two of the latter are Mrs G. Saunders and Mrs W. B. Andrew of Pleasant Point. The interment took place at Napier, on Saturday, where the remains of deceased's wife, who died some years ago, were interred.

Timaru Herald, 29 January 1887, Page 2
Herbert Anderson, the infant son of John Anderson, blacksmith, Sandietown, died some time during Thursday night or yesterday morning early, it is supposed from being overlaid or from suffocation. The mother went to bed at 11 p.m., and the child then appeared to be in good health. The father was up during the night, and it was then all right, but when the parents awoke in the morning the child was dead. Dr Lovegrove was at once called in to examine the child, and found the body warm, but life was extinct. As the doctor could of course give no certificate us to the cause of death, an inquest will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the parents' residence.

Timaru Herald, 12 March 1879, Page 4
The Undersigned, hitherto carrying on business as Blacksmiths, at Winchester and Geraldine, have DISSOLVED PARTNERSHIP by mutual consent, as from this date. All Accounts owing to the Firm to be sent in to Mr James Anderson, Geraldine, for immediate settlement; and all ACCOUNTS OWING to the Firm must be PAID not later than the 1st APRIL next to Mr C. E. Sherratt, of Geraldine, whose receipt will be binding on us after that date all Accounts due will be placed in the hands of our solicitor for recovery.
Timaru, 8th March, 1879
Signed in the presence of D. Maclean, Auctioneer, Timaru
With reference to the above notice, the business at Winchester will be carried on by Andrew Beatson, and that at Geraldine by James Anderson. At both places they hope to receive the support of former constituents.

Timaru Herald, 4 March 1880, Page 3
BLACKSMITH AND WHEELWRIGHT BUSINESS FOR SALE AT GERALDINE, TUESDAY, MARCH 9th, 1880. J MUNDELL AND CO. have been favored with instructions from Mr James Anderson to sell by Public Auction, on his premises at Geraldine, on the above date, The whole of his well selected Stock-in-Trade, consisting of
1 3-horse Dray,
1 do do second hand
1 Pair of new Dray Wheels
2 new Double-furrow Ploughs
Also —
A quantity of sawn and cut timber,
2 patent Anvils, as good as new;
2 pair Onion's bellows, new ;
1 pair second hand Swidge Blocks,
Forging Tools, Boring Apparatus, Bracing Bits, and a large quantity of material for satisfactorily working the business in all its branches.
Also —
The Good-will of Business.
Sale at 11 o'clock sharp.
The Auctioneers would remind intending purchasers that as this shop has a splendid stand in the centre of the township, and doing a goad trade, and as Mr Anderson is going out of the business, therefore all will be sold without the slightest reserve, J. MUNDELL & CO., Auctioneers.

Timaru Herald, 27 November 1885, Page 1
NOTICE. TO THE INHABITANTS OF P. POINT AND SURROUNDING DISTRICT. The undersigned having started business in GAMMIE'S OLD BLACKSMITH SHOP, hopes by Strict Attention and First- class Workmanship, combined with Prices to suit the times, that he may merit a share of their patronage. W. B. ANDREW, BLACKSMITH.

Timaru Herald, 22 January 1904, Page 3
Probate will be asked for in respect of the wills of
Isaac Armstrong, late blacksmith, Peel Forest
Thomas A. Walker, late blacksmith, Timaru

Timaru Herald, 10 March 1886, Page 2
The township at Peel Forest is improving and extending very rapidly. Mr Armstrong is putting up a new blacksmith's shop, which will be found of great use; and Mr W. I Smith is enlarging his fruit shop. Altogether things are looking fairly "rosy" at the Forest just now!


Timaru Herald, 1 March 1910, Page 7
WANTED- A FLOORMAN, able to drive on shoes. Apply W. C. BARRETT, Blacksmith, Winchester.

Councillor Arthur James Hawke who was elected to the Kaitangata Borough Council, in April, 1903, serves on the works committee. He is also a member of the school committee, and of the committee of the local Horticultural Society. Mr. Hawke was born at Geraldine, Canterbury, in 1876, and educated at the Geraldine public school. He served a five years' apprenticeship to the blacksmithing trade, with Mr. W. Barrett, of Winchester, and subsequently was in business on his own account at Hampden, Otago, for a year before removing to Kaitangata, where he has already built up a large connection as a wheelwright and blacksmith.

6/3617 Lance Corporal Francis Barrett
Next of Kin: W.C. Barrett (father), Winchester, Canterbury, New Zealand
Occupation: Blacksmith
NZEF, Canterbury Regiment, 2 Battalion
Son of William Charles and Catherine Barrett, of Winchester, South Canterbury.

Timaru Herald,
30 June 1881, Page 1
H. BATCHELOR, Carpenter, Wheelwright, Shoeing and General Blacksmith, begs respectfully to inform the inhabitants of Albury and surrounding districts, that having taken H. CUTHBERTSON'S business, he has REDUCED the PRICE of Work in every Branch, and hopes by strict attention and moderate charges to merit a share of support.

Timaru Herald
, 10 February 1883, Page 4
WANTED — Immediately, Good General BLACKSMITH must be first-class Shoer. H. Batchelor, Blacksmith, Albury.

Timaru Herald, 13 April 1901, Page 2 Death
BATCHELOR.—At Albury, on Thursday, 11th inst., Henry Batchelor; aged; 68.

BINNEY - Fairlie blacksmith

The smith of bygone days was often more than a mere craftsman: he an artist and in many an old church are evidences of his skill — screens and prills, tomb decorations, escutcheons. He also specialised in beautifully-wrought lanterns, ornamental gates, beside such necessary articles as fire irons, fire backs and shovels, all now being eagerly sought after by the collector.

Timaru Herald, 17 March 1875, Page 3
NOTICE. We the Undersigned, beg to inform the Public of Timaru and surrounding districts, that we have started Business as General Blacksmiths and Shoeing Smiths. Kitchen Ranges made and repaired. All kinds of Implements repaired. SIMMONS & BOWKETT, Next to the Albion Hotel, Great South-road

Oamaru Mail, 10 January 1905, Page 4 Glenavy Notes.
A new blacksmith's shop is now in course of erection at Morven for Mr Breslin. It is most centrally situated on the main road between Messrs Manchester's and Nicholl's shops, and should prove a good business stand.

Timaru Herald, 26 June 1869, Page 3
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW ZEALAND. CANTERBURY DISTRICT. The Bankruptcy Act 1867 and the Bankruptcy Act Amendment Act 1868 the matter of William Bryant of Temuka in the Canterbury district aforesaid blacksmith a bankrupt.

Timaru Herald,
27 March 1869, Page 3
IN THE RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT, TIMARU. UNDER DISTRESS WARRANT. TAIT V. BRYANT, and REECE V. BRYANT, To BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION, (Unless the above actions are previously settled,) On the premises of Mr W. Bryant, Temuka, ON WEDNESDAY, THE 31st INSTANT, All the Stock-in-Trade, consisting of Ploughs, Harrows, Anvils, Forges, Vices, a large quantity of Tire, Bar, Rod, and Sheet Iron, about 150 pairs Horse Shoes, 2 Pumps, 60 Corn Sacks, Double-barrelled Gun, Swingletrees, Iron Piping, Coals, Grindstones, Saddles, a quantity of lumber, a large quantity of Screws, Nails, and Bolts, Dray Wheels, 30 sacks Prairie Grass Seed, Dray Boxes, Cart Shafts Felloes, about 10 tons of Iron (various), all the Wheelwright's and Blacksmith's Tools necessary to carry on an extensive business, and a large quantity of other articles too numerous to mention. Sale at 12 o'clock. WM. BUTTERWORTH. Bailiff. Temuka, March 25, 1869.

Timaru Herald, 17 July 1869, Page 1
The Undersigned begs to give notice that from the 5th of April 1869, he took over the Blacksmith's and Wheelwright's Business carried on at Temuka up to the aforesaid date by William Bryant. DANIEL BRYANT.

Timaru Herald
, 25 June 1870, Page 3
ALL Parties indebted to Mr William Bryant, Blacksmith, Temuka, must pay their accounts forthwith to Mr T. G. Cork, of Timaru, who is authorised to collect the same by me, DANIEL BRYANT.


Timaru Herald
, 15 July 1904, Page 1
NOTICE. I  D. CALLAGHAN, beg to intimate to the Residents of ST. ANDREWS and Surrounding Districts that I have bought the old established BLACKSMITH AND WHEELWRIGHT BUSINESS of A. YOUNG'S, lately carried on by D. CUNNINGHAM, and by strict attention to business, combined with Good Workmanship and Reasonable Prices, I beg to solicit a fair share of your kind patronage.  All work entrusted to my care will be quickly and neatly executed.  PLOUGH SETTING AND HORSESHOEING ARE SPECIALITIES. D. CALLAGHAN

CARTWRIGHT, George, Milford pg919 Cyclops


Timaru Herald
, 22 June 1891, Page 3
Have received instructions from Messrs Carston Bros., to Sell by Public Auction on the Premises at Winchester on the above date, — Goodwill of Blacksmith Business.

Oliver Dimmack Catchpole
Timaru Herald
, 3 July 1918, Page 9
O. D. Catchpole, Morven was a blacksmith, and worked for farmers within a, radius of ten miles.

Timaru Herald
, 30 June 1886, Page 3
Stealing files. James Chapman, blacksmith, Makikihi, was charged, on remand, with stealing a parcel containing six blacksmith's iron files from the railway station, Makikihi, on the 6th March last. Alex. Cowie, hotelkeeper, Makikihi, gave evidence to the effect that he was in Chapman's shop sometime ago. Sergeant Gilbert stated to the Bench that Chapman had served a sentence of eighteen months in Invercargill Gaol for robbery.

Mr T. Clark, blacksmith North St.

Timaru Herald, 12 April 1871, Page 3
ALL CLAIMS against the Estate of William Cockroft, late Blacksmith, Timaru, must be lodged with the undersigned on or before the 25th of APRIL, after which date they will not be recognised. T. C. CORK.

Henry Coles who had been blacksmith at HILTON became a farmer here when the government subdivision of James Sullivan's property Rapuwai was made in 1901. Henry Coles married daughter of George and Mary CROSS. Coles Road, Geraldine County. Joseph Lewis, farmer, Winchester, is listed in Wise's directory for 1887. Margaret and Joseph Lewis came from Wales, by "Echunga". Their granddaughter Margaret married Henry Coles, blacksmith of Hilton who became a farmer at Rapuwai. Joseph Lewis lived at "Blannant" farm on the main road. Section 13650 of 20 acres. He died 25/05/1911. Buried Temuka cemetery. Lewis Road. Hamilton File, S.C. Museum

Timaru Herald,
14 November 1901, Page 1
Wanted. An IMPROVER for the Blacksmithing. Apply, H. W. COLES, Blacksmith, Hilton.

Timaru Herald, 15 September 1913, Page 7 SUDDEN DEATH IN BESWICK STREET. MR RICHARD COLES.
A death occurred with tragic suddenness in Timaru on Saturday about 1.30 p.m. when Mr Richard Coles, farmer, of Levels, dropped dead at the entrance to Tattersall's, in Beswick street. Deceased was about to speak to a friend when he suddenly collapsed. Medical aid was immediately summoned, but the doctor could only pronounce life extinct. It bring safe day there was a large number of people about at the time, and for the rest of the afternoon a gloom was cast over the town. The deceased, who was a man of jovial disposition, and held the enviable record of never having had a day's illness in his life. Though well up in years, he still appeared hale and hearty, and was able to work about his farm freely. He was working as usual on Friday, and when he left to come into town on Saturday morning he appeared in his usual health and spirits. For many years Mr Coles was a blacksmith at Orari, throughout which district he was very well known. On deciding to relinquish this heavy work he took up a farm on the Rosewill settlement, about a mile and a half from Levels Station. He also had a farm at Tycho Flat. Deceased was a well read man. The deceased leaves a widow and five daughters and three sons. One of the sons, Gilbert, who is a stock agent at St. Andrews is a well known South Canterbury representative footballer, and Jack son, played half-back for South Canterbury until a couple of years ago when he met with an which caused him to give up the game caused inquest will be held at 10 o'clock this morning. In addition to the names of his children mentioned he had two married daughters, Mrs Palmer of Rangitata, and Mrs Aitken, of Morven. [He is buried in the Timaru Cemetery. In the midst of life we are in death, headstone reads aged 68. Registration reads 69] Clearing sale in the estate of the late Richard Coles was held at "Papaka" Levels Tuesday 13th October 1914. 300 sheep, 8 horses, 1 sow 1 cow and 1 heifer, harness for all horses, 2 drays and frames, 1 spring cart, 4 ploughs,  horse hoe, Massey Harris binder, Duncan cultivator, McCormick drill, Planet Jr., Scoop, 50 bags oat sheaf chaff, 149 bushels oats,  Blacksmith tools etc.

Timaru Herald, 16 September 1913, Page 9 Inquest
Ernest Gilbert Coles stated that the deceased Richard Coles, was his father. He had been a farmer residing at Levels. He was sixty-nine years of age. On Saturday last he had come into town by himself. Witness had met his father in Beswick Street, about a quarter of an hour before the latter died. He (witness) was standing talking to Mr Jones in Beswick Street, about ten yards from deceased. Deceased suddenly fell after turning round. Witness rushed across to him and picked him up. He did not speak. Dr. Thomas was at once sent for and came about three minutes later. Of late his father had been in extra good health, and the morning he left home he remarked how well he was. So far witness knew, deceased had never consulted a doctor at any time. The Coroner brought in a verdict that deceased had met his death from heart failure.

In September 2015 the Coles St sign replaced the Cole Street sign in Geraldine, the street is off Talbot St.

Timaru Herald
, 8 December 1866, Page 3
Shoeing and General Blacksmith,
Begs to inform the inhabitants of Waimate and surrounding districts, that he intends to carry on the above businesses in all their branches. All orders entrusted to his care will be executed with neatness and despatch, and hopes by good workmanship and moderate charges, to merit a share of public patronage. N. B. — Agricultural Implements of every description made to order.
Waimate, January 1, 1867.


Timaru Herald,
30 October 1882, Page 1
I WISH to inform Farmers and the General Public that, on and after the 2nd Oct., I shall OPEN a FORGE at the CAVE, when I shall be prepared to undertake REPAIRS to all kinds of Farm Implements and Machinery. Having secured the services of a First-class Shoer, Farmers and others can rely on their HORSES being CAREFULLY SHOD. DUNCAN COUPER, General Blacksmith and Machinist, Albury and Cave.

Timaru Herald, 3 May 1883, Page 3
On arrival at Albury, the sight which presented itself was anything but a pleasant one, the river Opawa having made sad havoc with no small portion of the township. In yesterday's issue it was mentioned that Mr D. Cooper and family had had to be rescued from their house, that the blacksmith's shop had been swept away and that the house itself was in Mr Morris' store in considerable danger. In fact the latter had to be deserted, and a quantity of its contents removed. Mr Cooper's house has half tumbled into one of the streams and is greatly injured. He has lost all his blacksmith tools and the greater portion of his household goods.

Timaru Herald, 29 November 1901, Page 3 MACKENZIE COUNTY COUNCIL.
From Mr J. McCullough, the county Poundkeeper and ranger, informing that he had arranged with Mr John McGregor and Mr Duncan Couper to take charge of Burke's Pass and Albury pounds respectively.

Timaru Herald, 20 October 1899, Page 2
SUBSCRIBERS to the Timaru Herald in the Albury District will receive their Papers at the Shop of Mr W. Couper, Blacksmith, instead of at the Railway Station, as heretofore.

Timaru Herald, 14 April 1903, Page 3 MACKENZIE COUNTY SHOW
President- Mr John Bray vice-president, Mr C. J. Talbot; secretary, Mr E H. Burn. There was but a small show of implements, the larger firms represented being Cooper and Duncan (Mr H. H. Benney), Massey Harris (Mr Moore), and Booth, Macdonald and Co. (Mr Whyte), who sent up some of their chief stock lines. Mr W. Couper, wheelwright, of Albury, showed a substantially built heavy farm dray and frame, of his own make. The D.I.C. (Mr W. Waite) showed samples of Anglo-Special bicycles. The Fairlie agent of the Rudge-Whitworth was to have shown some, but his consignment failed to arrive.

Otago Witness 11 May 1904, Page 31 Albury
Mr Wm. Couper has sold his old-established blacksmith's business Mr Owen 'O'Neill, of Palmerston South, who takes possession as from the 1st inst. Mr Wm. Couper is giving has undivided attention to the general storekeeping business which he started some months ago.  Six workmen arrived on Friday night to build a new store for Mr Bloxhain. As it is a rare occurrence to see so many artisans in the township at one time their arrival caused quite a stir amongst the juveniles. A saddlery business has been opened by Mr Rowland, late of Hilton. Mr Rowland also supplies a much felt want in the boot-repairing line.

Timaru Herald,
2 September 1874, Page 1 Pleasant Point
WILLIAM CRAMOND, Blacksmith and Wheelwright.
W.C., having just taken the Shop lately occupied by Mr. John Drew, hopes to receive a fair share of Public patronage. All kinds of Agricultural Machinery repaired. N.B. — Horses carefully shod.

Timaru Herald, 23 May 1879, Page 2
We regret to have to chronicle the death of Mr John Cramond, which occurred about six o'clock yesterday evening, at his residence, Timaru. Mr Cramond had been ailing for the last week, but did not keep to his bed until yesterday, when he took a turn for the worse. He was for the most part of the day sleeping m apparent tranquility, until about five o'clock, when it became evident that life was ebbing fast, and in about an hour afterwards he expired. Mr Cramond was about thirty-nine years of age, and came to New Zealand with his father in the year 1847. The family landed in Otago, and for some years Mr Cramond worked with his father, who was a blacksmith by trade. When, the rush to Gabriel's Gully took place, he was one of the first on the scone, and was pretty successful as a digger. After leaving the diggings he built the East Taieri Hotel, and shortly afterwards bought several teams, and commenced carting to the diggings. In 1868 he became contractor for carrying the mail from Christchurch to the Waitaki, at which he employed as many as 10 horses at a time, and only gave it up when coaches were superseded by the railway. Since then he has been speculating very largely in land, and was very successful in that respect also. Mr Cramond has been living m Timaru since 1868, during which time he has earned the respect and esteem of every one who knew him. His life has been one of activity, energy, and industry, and well-deserved success crowned all his undertakings. The manner in which he earned out his mail contract from Christchurch to Waitaki was characterised by the energy and indomitable pluck for which he was distinguished, and while it was entrusted to him no one had any cause to complain.

Charlie Creba arrived in Waimate in 1880 after emigrating from Cornwall at age 21 on the ship Rakaia to Lyttelton in Feb. 1875 and set up shop as a blacksmith. After the death of Charlie Creba his four sons (out of 12 children) took over the business until they were eventually forced to sell the business in 1952. Most of them retired, but Freddie the only surviving member of the foursome, keep up the skills and even now will still shoe a horse if the need arises. Hamilton File, S.C. Museum

Oamaru Mail, 25 September 1914, Page 3
William Creba, blacksmith in the employ of Morris Sheehan, of Georgetown, recollected that at 3 p.m. on the afternoon of January 30th Freeman was in witness' shop. The scoop handle produced was from his yard. Accused: was quite sober. Accused: Don't you remember my bringing a gallon of beer back to the blacksmith's shop? There is always a glass of beer in any shop, but I don't remember you bringing any that afternoon. William also came out from Cornwall on the Rakaia when he was 22 with his brother Joseph aged 24.

Timaru Herald, 23 June 1885, Page 2
Makikihi. As Mr Wm. Creba, of the firm of Vale and Creba, blacksmiths, of this place was returning home on Sunday night last, after being out for a day's pleasure in company with some others, the horse that was attached to the buggy in which Mr Creba was sitting, started kicking. Mr Creba in jumping out of it fell on a stone, causing one of his legs to be broken about six inches below the knee. The fracture was so great that the bone protruded through the skin. The sufferer was conveyed to the Waimate Hospital where he was attended to by Dr Hassel, who set the limb immediately. Mr Creba is progressing as well as might be expected.

Champion Forge blower 400


Otago Witness 7 October 1882, Page 9
The man who sustained concussion of the brain by being thrown off the railway-line by the cowcatcher near Orari last week was a blacksmith from Timaru. The engine driver says that the man was sitting on the rails, and as he smell strongly of drink, it is surmised that he had boon at the Geraldine races, and missing the special train had started to walk to Winchester, but before going far sat down on the line and fell into a drunken sleep.

W. Dalton, blacksmith Timaru 1909.
J. Workman, saddler Timaru
Walter Smith blacksmith, Timaru

Timaru Herald, 26 July 1886, Page 1
W. DOIG, General Blacksmith and Wheelwright. Arcade Workshops, near Timaru Herald Office. Estimates Given for every description of Iron and Wood-work. Horses Shod from 6 Shillings.

Timaru Herald, 1 April 1886, Page 3
TIMARU — Tuesday, April 20th (Before J. S. Beswick, Esq., R.M.)
Ennis v. Doig— Claim £10, for injury to a horse, was called on. Mr Lynch appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Hamersley for the defendant. G.E. Ennis called, said he took a horse to defendant on the 29th January. He saw Doig, and asked Doig to put two front shoes on a horse. The horse was shod, and he. took it away. He put the horse in the cab about an hour afterwards, and he went very lame. He saw Doig on the same day, and he asked him how the horse was. He replied, "Like a oat on hot bricks." Doig then said that the horse would be nil right shortly; that it was a bit tender-footed. He had pared the horse rather close. He saw him later on m the afternoon, at his shop, and he (defendant) brought out his tools, and clenched a nail of one of the shoes. Plaintiff told him he thought he had put the shoes on too tight, to which he replied there was plenty of spring m thorn. He worked the horse on a Sunday, but was almost ashamed to, became he was going to lame. The next morning the horse was as lame as ever. He then took him to Fitzsimmons, the blacksmith's, on Monday morning, who took the shoes off. It was the off fore foot that he was the most lame on. Ho took the horse to Doig afterwards, and he was surprised that he (plaintiff) had not taken the horse to him to let him take the shoes off. He looked at the foot, and said he was sorry that the horse had gone lame. Witness took the horse home, and expected Doig to get him another one to work m its place. Doig laughed at the idea of getting another horse in its place. Witness told him he could get a horse for 15s a week, and if he put him on a pair of shoes he would only have to pay 7s 6d. He spoke to a veterinary surgeon about the horse. He lost the services of his horse for some time. He was not now fit for working regularly. He had worked him alternately from March 21st and had hired a horse in his place for which he was liable. He valued the horse at £25 before the injury, but now it was worth only about £14 or £15. He was permanently injured. To Mr Hamersley.  He did not want to sell the horse. He had him about a month before he was crippled. The reason he went to Doig to have the horse shod was because Fitzsimmons' shop was full of horses at the time. He saw him nail the shoe on and saw his man cut the hoof. Ennis gave instructions as to how it was to be done. Both Doig and his man were doing the work. The man took the old shoes off and cut the hoof down afterwards. Doig said he thought he was taking too much off, but witness said he would take his chance of that. The horse never went lame when it was shod for the first time, while ho possessed it. Jarrett Fitzsimmons, who was called as an expert, deposed he was a blacksmith and horse-shoer. He remembered Ennis bringing him a horse on the 31st January. He said he had got the horse crippled. He took the off fore shoe off, and found the nails were driven right into the foot, which caused festering. To Mr Hamersley: The hoof was pared down too much. To the Bench: The shoeing of the horse was very bad. N. Marquis, a veterinary surgeon, said lie prescribed for the horse, and would charge for it. Mr Hamersley stated the facts of the case for the defendant, and called William Doig, blacksmith, defendant, who said he had been shoeing horses for ten years. He was never accused of having shod carelessly before. His man took off the shoes and pared down the hoofs. This did not satisfy plaintiff, so he instructed his man to take more off. His man warned him not to have it off, but he said he would chance it. The next time he saw the horse was on the following Monday, when the plaintiff brought it to him with the shoes off. He said very little about the horse then, because he know it would go lame. He put the shoes on carefully. It he pricked the horse he would draw the nail immediately from his experience he could tell at once whether the horse was pricked or not. To Mr Lynch: Plaintiff was absent a few minutes while the shoeing was going on. He did not see him nail on the off shoo. Ho heard him instruct his man to do the paring to the hoof, and also heard his man warning him about it. He did not remember calling Ennis and asking him how the horse was getting on. He was too busy to go and get a horse in place of the lame one for plaintiff. To the Bench : He never offered to pay 7s 6d towards the hire of another horse. William Torrence deposed that he was an employee of Mr Doig. He had been five years in the shoeing trade. He took the shoes off Ennis' horse, and pared its feet. After he had pared it sufficient, Ennis told him to take more off, but he replied that it would stand a chance of injuring the horse. He was careful over nailing the shoe on. To Mr Lynch: Doig told Ennis that the horse might go lame, and if it did to bring it back to him. Ennis was away from the shop about a quarter of an hour. Ennis was not in the shop when Doig was putting on the shoe, only when he was "using the clinchers." Mark Hope said he was a wheelwright, and his shop adjoined Doig's. He corroborated last witness' evidence. In answer to Mr Lynch he said he followed the horse into the shop. Ennis, recalled, in answer to the Bench said he saw the shoe fitted on the horse. He was away about ten minutes. This was the case. Counsel for both side addressed the Court at considerable length, after which His Worship nonsuited the plaintiff with costs. The Court then adjourned to the 4th May.

Timaru Herald
, 15 July 1904, Page 1
CAVE BLACKSMITH. P. DOW, (Late with T. Gorman, Timaru), BEGS to inform the Residents of CAVE and Surrounding District that he has commenced Business as HORSESHOER AND GENERAL BLACKSMITH, And hopes by strict attention to business, combined with Moderate Charges, to insure a fair amount of public patronage.

Otago Daily Times
12 April 1888, Page 2
Waimate, April 11. A master blacksmith named Alfred Drayton, who has been in business in Waimate for about 12 years, died suddenly this afternoon. An inquest will be held to-morrow. It is believed that Drayton took an overdose of chloral hydra, or chlorodyne. When he was first noticed to be ill he was in a comatose condition, and upon removal to the hospital he died just after being admitted. Drayton was 60 years of age, and was well known, in Christchurch and Oamaru. He has been in the colony since 1858, and he leaves a widow and 10 children nearly all grownup.

Press, 13 April 1888, Page 5
Waimate, April 12. An inquest was held to-day at the Hospital before Mr Stratford, coroner, and a jury of whom Mr James Sinclair was chosen foreman, touching the death of Alfred Drayton, a blacksmith, who died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon. From the evidence adduced it appeared that for the past month deceased had been drinking rather heavily, but during the last two or three days he had been more temperate in his habits. On Wednesday morning deceased got up at about his usual time, and went to his shop in Queen street. He returned for breakfast shortly afterwards, and after the lapse of a few minutes again left the house presumably to go to work, but instead went to Manchester's store and purchased a 2oz bottle of chlorodyne, which he took home. A short while afterwards he told his wife that he was going to bed to rest himself, and about fifteen minutes later Mrs Drayton went into the bedroom and there smelt chlorodyne, and at the same time observed an empty bottle and a cup near the bed, the deceased being in bed fast asleep. Mrs Drayton at once sent her son to Dr. Nicholls, and told him to ask if "deceased had taken the contents of the bottle, would it do him any injury." The doctor replied " Yes, it was enough to kill an elephant." The boy also asked the doctor to go to the house. The latter told young Drayton that his mother should give deceased an emetic of mustard and water. This was administered, but it took no effect. The boy was sent a second time for Dr. Nicholls, and the latter then gave him a powder, adding that he would follow the boy to the house. After waiting some time, the doctor did not arrive, and young Drayton was despatched the third time, and met the Doctor on his road. The time occupied by the latter arriving at Drayton's house after first being sent for was about two hours. On seeing deceased Dr. Nicholls at once ordered his removal to the Hospital, where he expired shortly after admission...  The jury also added the following rider: —"That the jurors are unanimously of opinion that Dr. Nicholls is worthy of the gravest censure for neglecting to proceed forthwith to the deceased, when it came to his knowledge that the said Alfred Drayton had taken an overdose of chlorodyne." The jury sat for about five hours.

Donald Elder Pleasant Point, Coach Painter, Wheelright, Coach Builder, Agricultural Implement Maker and Undertaker. Funerals conducted and arranged for the shortest notice. 1899

Timaru Herald, 22 April 1871, Page 1
NOTICE TO FARMERS AND OTHERS. JOHN ELDER, Coach and Waggon Builder, Wheelwright, and General Blacksmith, Begs to inform the inhabitants of Timaru and surrounding district that he has commenced business in those Premises formerly occupied by Mr R. Wilson, and trusts, by Moderate Charges, and First-class Workmanship, to merit a share of public patronage. Having secured the services of a First-class Blacksmith, Farmers and Carriers can rely upon having their work done well. From J. Elder's well-known capabilities as a First-class Tradesman, all Order en trusted to him will be executed with Promptness and Despatch. Carriages, Buggies, &c., Repaired, Painted, &c. Horses Carefully Shod.

Timaru Herald, 30 August 1904, Page 3
A fatal trap accident occurred on Saturday night near Pleasant Point. Mrs Elder, about 60 years of age, set out to walk from Temuka, where she lives, to see her son, a blacksmith at the Point. She was given a lift by a Mr Goodwin, who was driving to the Point. About two miles from the township, another trap was met, and through the bad light a misjudgement caused them to collide and the wheels locked. Mr Goodwin's horse plunged, and the harness not being over strong, gave way. The trap fell forward, and threw both occupants out, Mrs Elder falling on her head. Mr Goodwin was not seriously hurt, but Mrs Elder was picked up unconscious, and was carried to the Point, where Dr. Heard attended to her. She did not regain consciousness, and died on Sunday night Dr. Heard gave a certificate as to the cause of death and Mr Acton, acting coroner, after hearing the facts of the case, decided that an inquest was unnecessary, the death being evidently purely accidental. [Elspeth Elder]

Timaru Herald, 1 May 1905, Page 3
CLEARING AT PLEASANT POINT, On WEDNESDAY, MAY 3rd, 1905. WE have received instructions from Mr Donald Elder, to sell by-Public Auction, at the Shop, next, to Murphy's Hotel, as above: 3 Spring Carts, 1 American-Waggon, 4 Pair Trap and Buggy Wheels, 1 3-feet Treadle Grindstone, 5 Pair Buggy Lamps, One Trimmer's Singing Sewing Machine, Spokes, Naves, Rims and Felloes, Wheelbarrow, Quantity Tow, Bolts and Axles of all descriptions, Lot Timber and Coachbuilding Material, Paints, Oils and Varnishes, Wheelwright's Tools, Springs, Large Quantity of Picture Frame Moulding, and Sundries too numerous to particularise in Advertisement. 12 clock. J MUNDELL, Auctioneer.

Timaru Herald, 28 November 1881, Page 1
SILVERSTREAM. HAVING DISPOSED of my BUSINESS to Mr John Elliot, I take this opportunity of thanking my customers for their kind patronage, and would ask the same for my successor. As I purpose leaving for Sydney shortly, I would ask a Settlement of outstanding Accounts.
    JAMES L. ROWE. With reference to the above, I wish to state that I shall do my utmost by strict attention to business and moderate, charges to merit a continuance of the favors of my predecessor's customs. JOHN ELLIOT.

Will John Elliot Blacksmith of Sliverstream
John Elliot resident at Silverstream died on 25th April 1883.
Mary Honeyman Elliot of Silverstream
William Service Bell of Silverstream, shepherd
James Blackwood Moles of Silverstream, farrier
Thomas Howley Clerk of District Court
Melville Gray, J.P, Ashwick residence
A. St. G. Hamersley, Solicitor

JOHN  ELLIOT Age: 31 years
Address: Interment Date: 27/04/1883
Occupation: BLACKSMITH
Plot 3 & 4  Block: P1

FARRIER - a blacksmith, a person who shoes horses. [Latin ferrārius smith from ferrum iron]

A farrier around Fairlie. Photographer C.A Tomlinson, ChCh - photo courtesy of Vicki Slow.

, J. Woodbury pg 885 Cyclops

Timaru Herald
, 7 January 1915, Page 3
Timaru Herald, 8 January 1915, Page 3
Many people throughout Canterbury will regret to heart of the death of Mr George Finch, proprietor of the Cave Hotel, who passed away at his home in the early hours of yesterday morning. Of a quiet disposition, the late Mr Finch was a popular publican, and was one of the oldest hotelkeepers in the Dominion, having owned the Cave Hotel for about thirty years. For many years Mr Finch had a blacksmith's shop at Cave which he worked in conjunction with the hotel, and he proved himself first-class tradesman by the work he used to turn out. He was born within a mile of London Bridge, and was educated in Kent, where he was apprenticed to the blacksmith's trade. He came to New Zealand in 1872 by the ship Isles of the South, and worked at his trade on the railway and at Mr John Anderson's foundry in Christchurch. He was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, was a Freemason, and an Oddfellow. The funeral will leave his late residence, Cave, at 8.45 a.m. to-day, and thence by rail to Christchurch, and will leave the residence of Mr T. Flannigan, Kent Villa, Ferry Road, at 10 a.m. tomorrow, for the Linwood Cemetery. Mr Finch was a widower, having lost his wife twenty-two years ago and had no family. He has some relatives who reside in Christchurch and as his wife was buried in the Linwood Cemetery he is also being interred there.

James Findley
Engineer, Blacksmith and wheelwright, Temuka. 1899

Timaru Herald, 30 October 1882, Page 1
TO FARMERS AND CONTRACTORS. WE, the Undersigned, are prepared to SUPPLY CAMBRIDGE ROLLERS, 8ft x 24in, and all other sizes, at prices that have not been offered to the Farmers in South Canterbury before. All correspondence will receive prompt attention. HENRY & FINDLAY, Blacksmiths, Temuka.

Finlay's Blacksmith shop, Gleniti. Polling place. May 1911

Press, 21 June 1926, Page 4
There passed away at Ashburton during the week a well known resident of Temuka in the person of Mr James Findlay, son of Mr and Mrs James Findlay,- Dyson street. The late Mr Findlay was born in Temuka in 1874. He was apprenticed to his father as an engineer and blacksmith, and at the outbreak of the South African War he volunteered and left with the Second Contingent, returning a year later. He again joined up, and went away with the Eighth Reinforcements, returning after the termination of the war. He wa3 severely injured in the leg. After the war he was employed at the Government workshops at Taihape. Mrs Findlay predeceased her husband during the influenza epidemic, in 1918. Prior to the Boer War. Mr Findlay was an enthusiastic member of the local fire brigade, and was also, a prominent member of the football club. About five years ago he returned to Temuka and again joined his father, and about a month ago went to Ashburton to do some work, where he took ill, and after being a fortnight in the hospital passed away, on Thursday morning.

Fisher, blacksmith, Temuka 1909. A.J. McLaughlin stable keeper, Temuka went bankrupt, 12 May 1909, Fisher was an unsecured creditor.


Timaru Herald
, 19 February 1889, Page 2
Bankruptcy - Jarrett Fitzsimmons, blacksmith.

Timaru Herald, 24 October 1917, Page 7
Robert Fitzsimmons was born in Cornwall on June 4, 1862, and came to Timaru as a young boy with his parents. He was educated in Timaru, and after leaving school was apprenticed with his brother to the blacksmith trade, which he followed for some time in Timaru, during which he took on the boxing game. About 35 years ago he went to Australia and later on to the United States, where he resided to the time of his death. He is survived by his widow and one son.

"The smith, a mighty man is he.
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are as strong as iron bands,
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can."

Timaru Herald
, 29 January 1870, Page 1
To be solded privately - STOCK-IN-TRADE OF HENRY FLEMING, of Timaru, Blacksmith, consisting of two Forges with bellows, Anvils, Iron, and a complete set of Blacksmith's Tools. Together with the Lease of the premises now occupied by Henry Fleming for the remainder of a term of ten years. Mr John Jackson, trustee of Henry Fleming's Estate.

Press, 26 August 1870, Page 3 SUPREME COURT.
In Bankruptcy. Thursday, August 25. His Honor took his seat in the new Courthouse, at eleven a.m.
re CHARLES FLOCKTON. Mr Joynt for Mr Cottrell, moved for the final discharge. In reply to His Honor, bankrupt said that he had given up and and house, together with tools and stock, to his trustee he gave an acceptance for £280 for a portion of that property, but the property was seized by the trustees of Wilson's estate, and therefore witness could never deal with the property. There was a mortgage over witness house and workshop, the mortgagee had foreclosed that mortgage. The competition in Timaru was too great to allow a blacksmith's business being very remunerative. His Honor said that the report of the trustee was by no means favorable, and as he (the Judge) did not feel himself in a position to make an order, he should adjourn the case until 22nd September.

Walter Ford, blacksmith Waihao Forks, 1914 he also was the licensee for the hotel there.

His brother Thomas Ford died of sickness while in the Army Service Corps March 15 1918. FORD, Thomas No. 5/584. Driver. Served with No. 1. NZ Field Bakery. Enlisted 16 July 1915. He lived in Dunedin and was an engine driver. Served in the South African War, 4th NZ Contingent, Rough Riders. SA1143, worked for Robert Boag, farmer, Gore. Died 15 March 1918 Rouen, France. Died from sickness (Carcinoma of Liver) at the O.C. No. 1. Australian General Hospital. Born 26 Aug. 1879 Clifton. RC. NOK: Miss Maggie Ford, Princess St., Dunedin.

Timaru Herald
, 5 September 1896, Page 1
IMPORTANT TO COACH BUILDERS AND BLACKSMITHS. TO LET- In the rising town of Fairlie BLACKSMITH AND WHEELWRIGHT SHOPS and DWELLING. A Good General Business carried on for Eight Years. Very good opening for Coachbuilder. Apply, H. FRASER, Wheelwright and Blacksmith, Fairlie.

H. Fraser, Blacksmith & wheelwright, Fairlie in 1899. Hugh Fraser and Ted Miles had the smithy on Allandale road.

See Miles. My understanding is that the smithy was originally operated by Jack Fraser's father (ref p42 Memories of Fairlie, Hanifin) who was also a blacksmith and I suspect that the triangle of land from the Allen house opposite Gray St. and along Denmark St for a distance belonged to the Fraser family. Mrs Allen, Aunty Cathy, was a Fraser and I can remember Fred building a house as a sort of a hobby after he had stopped driving about 1960ish on what I remembered as a paddock where I saw my first ever elephant when a circus came to town. John Shears, ex Fairlie. Jan. 2014.

Fyfe blacksmith Orari 1913

, James.
He arrived on the "Lancashere Witch" in Timaru in 1863. Owned 50 acres at Pleasant Point when it was known as "Hodsock." Was a Blacksmith at "The Levels" and was Postmaster at Pleasant Point. His daughter, Margaret, was a governess at "The Levels" in 1881-86. She met Richard Marfell and left the district to marry him in the North Island.

Timaru Herald
, 20 November 1872, Page 1
TO BLACKSMITHS LET — The Blacksmith's Shop at Pleasant Point, doing a good trade. Rent moderate. Terms easy. Apply to JAMES GAMMIE, Blacksmith, Pleasant Point.

Timaru Herald
, 11 March 1872, Page 1
JOHN GARDNER, (late of Timaru). T.B. Jones, (Late of Atlas Foundry), Shoeing and General Blacksmith, Strathallan-street, (Opposite Mr Bruce's Timber Yards), Timaru. N.B. — Horses shod with great care. 

Timaru Herald, 27 March 1872, Page 1
NOTICE TO FARMERS, ETC. The undersigned has just OPENED a BLACKSMITH'S SHOP, at the Washdyke, opposite the Hotel; and he respectfully begs to intimate that he is prepared to execute all kinds of Smith Work, &c, and solicits the patronage of residents in the neighbourhood. Horses carefully shod. JOHN GARDNER, (late of Timaru).  

Timaru Herald, 28 April 1881, Page 1
JOHN GARDNER, AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL BLACKSMITH, Begs to Thank the Public generally for the very liberal support accorded him during the many years he has been in business, and hopes for a continuance of the same. He takes this opportunity to intimate that be HAS REDUCED SHOEING AND ALL KINDS of SMITH WORK for Cash TO A VERY LOW PRICE to meet the times and that will defy completion. JOHN GARDNER, Blacksmith, Washdyke, opposite the Hotel. (opened here March 1872, late of Timaru)

Timaru Herald, 9 August 1898, Page 3
CLEARING SALE AT Washdyke, on MONDAY, 15th AUGUST, 1898. The undersigned, favoured with instructions from Mr John Gardner, will Sell by Public Auction at his shop, the whole of his Blacksmith's Tools, etc., consisting of 2 pairs Bellows, 2 Anvils, 2 Vyces, 1 swedge Block, 2 Sledge Hammers, 8 Hand Hammers, 4 Shoeing Hammers, 1 Drilling Stand with, 13 Drills, 2 Sets Stocks and Dies with Tap Wrenches, 1 Grindstone, 26 Pair Tongs, Lot Iron, and a Large Quantity of Blacksmith's Utensils. Also Spring Trap and Harness. Sale at 2 o'clock sharp. J. MUNDELL, Auctioneer.

Timaru Herald, 13 August 1898, Page 1
HAVING sold my Blacksmith's Business to GEORGE ROBINSON, I take this opportunity to thank my numerous customers for the hearty support accorded me in the past, and trust that the same will be bestowed upon my successor. JOHN GARDNER. Blacksmith, Washdyke.    

Gibson, William John, of Pleasant Point, blacksmith

Timaru Herald, 15 November 1879, Page 4
NOTICE. TO FARMERS AND OTHERS IN CAVE AND VICINITY. The BLACKSMITH's SHOP, lately erected by the Proprietor of the Cave Hotel, will, on and after this date, COMMENCE WORK under the able management of MR W. J. GIBSON, late of Messrs Welsh and Smith. As a good Shoer, Mr Gibson is well known in the district. Terms - Three Months. J. Wildermoth.

Timaru Herald, 21 February 1890, Page 4
IN BANKRUPTCY. In the matter of the bankruptcy act 1883 and the Acts amending the same. Notice is hereby given that I have this day filed in the District Court at Timaru a statement of accounts showing the receipts and Expenditure in respect of the following Bankrupt Estates
Gibson, William John, of Pleasant Point, blacksmith
Grant, James, of Temuka, blacksmith

Timaru Herald,
18 March 1899, Page 3
A sitting of the District Court will be held at Timaru to-day by. His Honour Judge Ward, for which the following business is set down :— IN BANKRUPTCY. Orders of discharge will be applied for on behalf of
Timothy Cronin, hotelkeeper, Timaru
W. J. Whitley, bootmaker, Timaru
F. W. Worner, butcher, Geraldine
J. Dockrill, baker, Fairlie
W. J. Gibson, blacksmith, Pleasant Point
A. S. Waddell, tailor, Temuka
M. Scannell, contractor, Temuka
PROBATE. Probate of wills of the following persons to be applied for :—
H. Coulter, farmer, Rangitata
A. Hayes, farmer, Waimate

Timaru Herald
, 27 November 1901, Page 3
AT PLEASANT POINT SALEYARDS. MONDAY, 2nd DECEMBER, 1901. Account Mr James Keane — WE shall Sell by Public Auction, 1 Rood 18 Perches, together with Blacksmith Shop and other improvements thereon, situated close to the Railway Station, and at present occupied by Mr W. Gibson. Sale at 1 o'clock. J. MUNDELL, Auctioneer.

Probably taken from St. Mary's bell tower. c.1910

Timaru Herald, 23 December 1887, Page 4
A blacksmith at Hilton, named Paul Glasson, met his death on Wednesday evening last, at about half-past eight o'clock, under very painful circumstances. It appears he had been out shooting, and was standing talking to Mr Woodley, in Twomey's road, with the butt end of the gun on the ground, the muzzle protruding upwards in front of him. It is supposed that one of his children, who was with him at the time, touched the trigger. The gun went off and the contents blew the right side of his face to pieces, part of his brains being scattered on the road. Death ensued almost immediately. An inquest was to have been held at Hilton yesterday at 6 p.m. Glasson leaves a widow and three children, aged four years, three years, and four months, respectively, to mourn his loss.

Timaru Herald
, 19 November 1886, Page 1
THOMAS GORMAN, General Blacksmith and Horse shoer, Engineer and Wheelwright, North Road, Timaru.
WANTED— A strong YOUTH as Apprentice to the Blacksmith trade. Apply to JOSEPH MILLER, Blacksmith, Totara Valley.
WANTED— To sell out a good BLACKSMITH'S and WHEEL- WRIGHT'S BUSINESS, Tools, Stock-in-Trade, etc., doing a good trade. Apply Ross, Sims & Co., Timaru.

Timaru Herald, 12 March 1904, Page 2 Death.
On March 11th, at Timaru, Thomas Gorman blacksmith, beloved husband of Ann Gorman; aged 64 years. R.I.P.

Timaru Herald, 2 October 1886, Page 1
WANTED KNOWN— That Thomas Gorman (for the last eight years with Messrs Ogilvie and Byers) has taken the Premises formerly occupied by Messrs Parsons and Henderson, Main North Road, where he intends carrying on business on his own account, as Horse shoer and General Blacksmith, and hopes by strict attention to business, and good workmanship, to merit a share of public patronage.

Star 24 June 1896, Page 3
Waimate, June 23. An inquest was commenced to-day on the body of Duncan Gould, an old man aged seventy five, who died in th