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Personally Researched and written by Eris Parker 1989



Arthur Goodwin was born in Kent where he was a Red Cross worker during World War One. In 1920 he and his wife Rosa Louise and two sons, John and Bert came to New Zealand and farmed at Pukerimu amongst the ti tree on their property called 'Twynham'. Arthur was chairman of the Dairy Suppliers committee, chairman of the Kaipaki Church Board and Trustee and President of the cricket club. They retired to Auckland but Goodwin descendants are still in the district.



William Thorne Buckland established the Gorton Estate at Karapiro by putting his son Alfred and a manager Tamaki George Walker on the property. Formerly the road was the driveway to the Gorton Homestead which was built about 1873. The Gorton Estate was later owned by R H D Fergusson, and managed by Nicholas Hunt, Simpson and Samuel Seddon. In 1904 8,000 acres were bought by a syndicate and cut up.
Under the Taotaoroa Road Board in 1883 Gorton Road was improved by the contractors J & A Forrest, 'hitherto the road was a mere track and unsafe at night.'



Alan Stuart Grey (13/62 Auckland Mounted Rifles) his wife Norah nee Shannon and their daughter Kathleen were original Te Miro World War One soldier settlers of the district who drew their farm (section 20) from the ballot of 1918. Mrs Grey died after being thrown from her horse in 1945 and the property, called 'Bushmere' was sold to J W Smith in 1953. Mr Stuart died in 1956 and they are both buried at Hautapu Cemetery.



This road led to Gricedale Creamery, the local factory, which was built on land donated by Messrs Grice. (Later known as Roto-o-Rangi factory). This road was formed by the local farmers.
Richard and James Grice of Cumberland, were owners with Richard Reynolds of the Roto-o-Rangi Estate, and they spent a considerable amount of money on improvements and draining the property.



Harry George and Cecelia Win Griggs arrived in Kairangi with their family in 1933 as part of the Bryant Land Settlement Scheme. Lois Griggs was the first girl born in the new district and Mrs Win Griggs was president of the local Country Women's Institute for 8 years from 1940. In 1959 son Lance bought the property from his father, and in 1999 Lance sold the property to his son, George.



Interesting to note that on an early survey map this road was marked Bellair's Road - after the surveyor.
In 1868-70 the road was formed by the Armed Constabulary. It went as far as Tamahere, then branched off around 2,000 acres of Maori Land and came out at Leslie's Gully on the edge of Hamilton. When the Maori chiefs sold this land to William Graham the road was put straight through.
Gib Watt wanted this main road concreted and experimented with about a chain just outside the Tower Tea Rooms. In 1895 the local newspaper the 'Waikato Advocate' reported on a Cambridge Road Board meeting – 'Cost of road forming and gravelling between Martyn's gully and the Tamahere church was 15s 3d per chain and Mr C Day said he certainly did not think the job would have been as costly as that.'



Michael Hanlin served as a private in the 3rd Waikato Militia. He was 5 foot 6 inches tall, an engineer from Glasgow and his land grant was on the town belt. He had worked his way to the diamond fields in South Africa and then the gold fields in New Zealand. He signed up for the Waikato Wars in Dunedin.
He married Susan Swayne and they had three children - William, Alice and Eliza. The daughters left their property to the Resthaven Trust Board to help establish the old people's rest home on Hamilton Road.



Patrick and Anne Hannon arrived in Cambridge by bullock wagon and on 14 November took over a 50 acre Militia Grant. Patrick died in Australia and Ann ran the farm until one of their sons Richard and his wife Isabelle took over. Their home 'Tinopai' was on Peakes Road until a storm one morning blew it down to Hannons Road. So there they stayed. They are up to their fifth generation.
In the Cambridge Cemetery Trustee minutes of 1886 the Hannons Road (at Hautapu) was referred to as 'Booths Road'. (Benjamin Booth was born in Lincolnshire 1835 and had a government grant in the area that he increased to 150 acres by the 1900's. He had a son George who farmed at Fencourt and a daughter who married C Roberts.)
The Hannon family has been keen sports people - in particular horse breeding and racing. Richard as president, nursed the Cambridge Trotting Club through some very depressed times.
Hannons Road (now Norwegian Road) at Roto-o-Rangi was also attributed to this family as they had another farm there.



David 'Dick' Ford Livingstone went to Cambridge Primary School from 1902 to 1911 and was farewelled from Cambridge to World War One in May 1915. Regt. No 23/812, 'Dick' was with the NZ Rifle Brigade and wounded in Egypt in February 1916. He was successful in the Te Miro ballot of 1920 and farmed section 33.
In 1964 Wilf S Harbutt bought the farm but has since left the district.



This road had been surveyed when Makgill and Middleton cut up the Horahora Estate in 1909. The Head family (Alfred, Ellen and five children) arrived in 1916 and farmed there for 45 years. Mr Alfred Head took over the job as surfaceman for the district from Uriah Stokes and the road was formed by settlers. This was done with a horse scoop, pick and shovel and dealt with a cutting, a creek and making it twelve feet wide with culverts. By an oversight it was 1950 before the Matamata County took it over as a public road.
Alfred was accidentally killed in 1931 and his wife Ellen died 1967 in her 90th year.



On the Karapiro Settlement map, drawn in 1898 when the estate was cut up, this road was marked as Karapiro Road and ended at the Karapiro Stream.
The first name on the map was William Hickey. He had arrived in Cambridge c1873 from Ireland and was employed on the Walker and Roto-o-Rangi Estates. He and Ellen had a family of 5 sons and 5 daughters. Subsequent owners of the property were Michael and Albert Hickey.



Thomas La Trobe Hill was one of the fourteen returned servicemen from World War One who took up farms in the Horahora area. Access had to be made by cutting through a farm taken up by Cedric Peake.
Thomas was the son of Edward Boucher Hill, one of the first chemists in Cambridge and the grandson of James La Trobe. Thomas married Sylvia Donnellan Tristram who had been a pupil at St Peters convent school.
They had three children – Tristram, David and Vivian. David took over the farm when his parents retired and moved to Mount Maunganui. David married Margaret Joan Jefferies and had ten children and, but for David's untimely death in 1977, there would still be Hills on Hill's Road.



There was a track to pa Te Wera a te Atua that developed into a road and was named after Charles Edward, Thomas Alhambra and George Wilfred Hicks.
These three brothers came to Cambridge in 1873 with their parents, Tobias and Annie, and grew up on 'Trelawney' – then well known for its 'Trelawney Cider'.
Charles, on leaving school went to Rotorua. Then in 1900 he returned to Maungatautari and in 1907 married Theodosia Margaret Cooper. They had two sons, Trev and Charles and a daughter Margaret. Charles snr was very keen on sport and had been a bell ringer at St Andrews church.
Thomas, born 1871 and George, born 1875 remained bachelors. They took a keen interest in social and local body affairs serving on numerous committees.
The Maungatautari farm had been part of the Gorton Estate and the Hicks brothers subdivided again, selling up in 1919.



Thomas and Sarah came to Fencourt in 1938 and as well as running a dairy herd they bred horses at their Fencourt Stud. They also raised a family of three sons and four daughters – Sir Patrick Hogan continuing with horse breeding at his Cambridge Stud.
Thomas died in 1972 and Sarah 1981.



James Hooker arrived from Taranaki in 1902. He had married Hannah Holloway of New Plymouth and their feeling was that 'they were going into the wilderness'. The Hooker family has always had a close association with the Methodist church.
At one time part of the road had been called Morgan's Road by memorandum of the Road Board.



This road had been known as Station Road. Kairangi lies at the head of the farmlands of the Roto-o-Rangi flats. Abandoned by the Maori in 1895 it was incorporated into the development of the Mangapiko Outstation and referred to as 'Far End Farm'.
Kairangi was one of several blocks developed by people who suffered from the Depression of 1930. The land was a derelict 1,348 acres of scrub and ragwort which was cleared, grassed and subdivided by unemployed men who were given the opportunity of applying for sections.



This was once the eucalyptus tree-lined driveway from Hamilton Road, of Clements Park, a militia grant owned by Archibald Clements. He was the first militiaman to go into business in Cambridge, building a tavern near the river landing and then becoming the second Mayor.
Kelly Road was named after David and Elizabeth Kelly who came to Cambridge from Stratford to farm in 1917.



Four generations of Kites have lived at Kaipaki - first Samuel and Sarah. Then their second youngest son Walter James Kite who married Winifred Mary Norris. Their children were Hubert, Sedleigh, Laurence, Wilton, Ona and Douglas.
Sedleigh married Elizabeth Foster and another generation works the farm.



This road was known as Lawrence Access Road as a Mr Lawrence had had a run-off property there. The Langs bought their farm c1930 and Russell and Margaret moved there in the 1950's. In 1957 the road was extended to Scotsmans Valley and subsequently named Lang Road.



Wilfred Rudolph and Elsie Ann came to Cambridge in 1929 and bought 100 acres from James Taylor. Wilf was the first president of the Bardowie Golf Club, and a keen bowler. They retired in 1946 and son Vern, with his wife Nellie, took over the farm. Wilfred died 1982 and Elsie 1965.



Mr Lee Martin lived on this road between Bruntwood and Matangi and, as chairman of the Road Board, was instrumental in having the first tar sealing done on the road to the factory. He later became a Labour Party member of Parliament. This farm has recently been sold from the family.



One story goes that in 1907 two locals, in sheer desperation to get this road, went to Wellington with their case. The telegram eventually came back, 'Luck at Last'.
But this is the story as told by Will Hicks - ‘Mr G S Day, Mr E Nickle and my father Mr J T Hicks were early settlers along what is now Luck at Last Road All the timber for the houses etc, was carted across country, creeks etc having to be forded. At the opening of the High Level Bridge between Leamington and Cambridge, by the then Prime Minister (sic), Mr Day and my father were able to meet him and put their case, which he said was a very deserving one. Shortly afterwards work began on the road and after waiting for five years these settlers had a road. Next, the Matamata County asked for a suggestion for a name. My Mother put forward the name Luck at Last and it was accepted.'



Samuel Oscar George Lynds, born 1859 in Onehunga, and Martha Harriet nee Burton, went to Kaipaki in 1918. They had nine children, Oscar George being the son who took over the farm. He married a Cambridge girl, Edith Annie Wayman.
The community around Lynds Road was such that it supported a blacksmith, a sawmill, a dairy factory and there had been a Post Office not far from the school. The Drainage Board in that district came into existence in 1910 and that helped the swampy farms considerably. Ossie Lynds (the next generation) became a member of that Board. Roads were another priority and George Lynds carted many loads of metal towards their construction. The Lynds family left Kaipaki in 1962.


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