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Alfred Wrightson 1870 NZ

Information sourced from the book written by W.G. Wrightson 

"Memorials of The Family of Wrightson"


Contributions pages 14 & 15

5 :-My second son, Alfred Head Wrightson, was born 29
May 1870. While he was at High gate School near London, I
found that his mind was resolutely set on becoming a farmer in
New Zealand. In due course he accompanied his eldest brother
for a year to the Downton College of Agriculture. He left
England with us on 7 Oct., and first set foot in New Zealand
at the Bluff on II Dec.1887. I had many good introduCt:ions,
and one of these from my friend Sir Emilius Laurie, Bart., led
to my staying with such first-rate people as the Hon. J. B.
Acland 1 and his brother-in-law Mr. Tripp 1 of Orari Gorge,
both of whom were afterwards most kind and valuable friends to
my son, bringing him into touch with the very best class of
people in both the north and south islands. My wife and
I travelled by land or sea the entire length of the two islands and
the entire breadth from Wellington to New Plymouth. Over
much of this both our sons accompanied us. We finally quitted
New Zealand soil 7th March 1888, and for nearly two years
Alfred remained at the Lincoln School of Agriculture near
Christchurch. While staying with Mr. Tripp, he met and
made friends with one of the Cornish Carlyons, who has a noble
property in Hawkes-bay. This gentleman invited him to come
on to his " run." After a happy and useful year with Mr.
Carlyon,1 he completed his circle of agricultural training for the
colonies by going in for a stretch of very hard work on a
" bush farm " at Alfredton in Wellington. On his twenty-first
birthday he had become entitled to about 700, chiefly from his
grandmother Head. A part of this he used in taking up
(21 Sep. 1891) half the capital required in starting the new
store of Mclntyre and Co., under the management of a Mr .
Dunderdale; and he has now almost doubled his original
capital. His brother Harry had been out for a visit to New
Zealand, and we resolved to give Alfred a run home with him.
They arrived in England 20 May 1893. We found that Alfred
had become a fine powerful young man of over six feet high,-
genial, gentlemanly, and universally popular. He visited Mr.
Dunderdal.e's family in Scotland, and a great many friends and
relatives in England. During his delightful time at home, he
became an excellent photographer. After having shown himself
so capable and well-conducted, we have felt it safe to make him
an advance of 2,000; which, when added to his previous capital,
will enable him to commence farming for himself. We, and all
his brothers and sisters, saw him off ( 2 March) from Tilbury on
the Thames, and he again reached Wellington in New Zealand
23 April 1894


1 See Burke's Colonial Gentry, 1891.