Topic: Levi Lowe

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A early settler in the district

CLONTARF left Plymouth (15 Sep 1858) to Lyttelton (5 Jan 1859) listed as a steerage passenger: LOWE LEVI 37 LABOURER, LOWE MATILDA 34 LOWE ELI, 15 LABOURER/BOOT & SHOEMAKER, LOWE MARY ANN 12, LOWE EDWARD 8, LOWE THOMAS 6, LOWE JOHN 1.

From the Cyclopedia of New Zealand ca 1903: 

Mr. Levi Lowe, sometime of Rolleston, and one of the early settlers of the district, was born at Dudley, Staffordshire, England, in 1820, and worked for about eighteen years on the Earl of Dudley's estate. On St. Patrick's Day (the 17th of March), 1859, he arrived at Lyttelton, by the ship "Clontarf." After working for Dr. Willis, at Opawa, for a year, he had a short experience on the West Coast diggings. On returning to Canterbury, he worked for two years on the station of Mr. Fitzgerald, the first Superintendent of the province. He then purchased a small farm at Lincoln, where he remained for about two years.

About 1864 he took up 100 acres at Rolleston, and afterwards increased his holding to 350 acres, besides purchasing other property in the district, and also at Oxford. After selling some of his land, he removed to Southland, but six years later returned to Rolleston, where he resided up to the time of his death, in 1897. Mr. Lowe owned the first threshing plant in the Rolleston district, and he took an active interest in church and educational affairs.

The friends of the late Mr Levi Lowe are invited to attend his Funeral, to leave his late residence, Ruskin Street (off Selwyn Street), Addington, on Monday, lsth Instant, at 2 30 p.m., for the Addington Cemetery.

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Levi Lowe


First Names:Levi
Last Name:Lowe
Date of Birth:1820
Place of Birth:Dudley, Staffordshire, England
Date of Death:17 July 1897
Place of Death:Addington, Christchurch, Canterbury
Memorial or Cemetery:Addington
User Name:Selwyn Library