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Article about Samuel William Moffat

Transcribed from photocopy of article obtained from Peter Moffat


SAMUEL WILLIAM MOFFAT (1875 – 1954)

William, the 5th son of William and Ellen Moffat, was born in the sod house which was down the driveway past the present house to the right of the woodshed.

In 1904, William married Emily Sale Dallas at her parents’ home at Kakapuaka, Rev Mr S W Currie officiating. With Emily Sale being a niece of Ann Susan Moffat, it made William a nephew of his brother George.

William, with his wife and three children lived at “Alleybank” until after the death of his Mother, when he bought Ellenslea which he farmed until he retired to Balclutha in 1940.

He had a Romney stud flock and showed sheep at the Clutha Agricultural and Pastoral Society show of which he was a member. He also took prizes at Toko Farmers Club show about 1912 for four one shear ewes.

As times progressed, a carpenter by the name of Hope built a 11/2 storey wooden house and then in 1915, Cross Brothers of Kakapuaka built the present homestead. William was educated at the Te Houka School and later was on the school committee for a number of years. He took a keen interest in the social life of the district. He was a member of the Balclutha Presbyterian Church and also the church choir. It was not St Andrews in those days.

He was a member of the MUIOOF (Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows) Lodge. Think he might have gone through the chairs.

He lived until 1954, and died aged 79.

William is among the ex-pupils in photos of Kakapuaka School.



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