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Mr Daniel Mulholland, whose death occurred in Christchurch on Saturday morning, was a pioneer settler of the Darfield district and was well known throughout Canterbury.


Mr Daniel Mulholland, whose death occurred in, Christchurch on Saturday morning, was a pioneer settler of the Darfield district and was well known throughout Canterbury.

Born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1856, and educated at the village of Crumlan, he went, at the age of 13, to Scotland, where he worked for five years. In 1875 he left Scotland for New Zealand, landing at Port Chalmers, and living at Dunedin for one year.

He then came to Christchurch and joined his brother in the black-smithing trade. Two years later he went to Banks Peninsula as shepherd for the late Mr John Holmes, and was afterwards head shepherd on the Bangor station until 1886, when he purchased the Churchlea property at Darfield, where he had since lived. While shepherding for the Holmes's, he was for a period in the Hanmer Springs district engaged in the work of eliminating scab.

Well known as a breeder of stud Corriedale and Shropshire sheep, Mr Mulholland judged at shows throughout New Zealand for a number of years. He gave the section of land on which.the Presbyterian Church at Darfield stands, and, together with other pioneers, established the church, and was one of the first elders. For many years he served on the Kaiapoi Licensing Trust, and was a former chairman of the Darfield Public School Committee. He was a former president of the Courtenay Agricultural and Pastoral Association; and a member for many years of the Canterbury Agricultural and. Pastoral Association. 

Keenly interested in all matters concerning the welfare of the Darfield district, he took a prominent part in the erection of the Darfield Memorial Hall, and was patron of the hall committee, as well as being prominent in the erection of the Malvern War Memorial. Mr Mulholland gave long service on the Darfield branch of the Farmers' Union, of which he was patron, and was a provincial life member of the North Canterbury district. He was patron of the Malyern Ladies' Hockey Association.

Source? The Press, 1946

His wife, who died many years ago, was iormerly Miss Frances Horrell, of Devonshire, England. He is survived by one son, Mr W. W. Mulholland, 'O.B.E., .of Ladybank, Darfield, one daughter, Mrs George C. Warren, of. Churchlea, Darfield, and seven grandchildren. One son, Arthur Henry, who was a sergeant in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, was killed at Gaza in 1916, and another son, Roland Francis, who was a corporal in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed at Ba-paume in 1918.

Mr Mulholland was an honorary life member of the Returned Services' Association.

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Mulholland, Daniel

First Names:Daniel
Last Name:Mulholland
Date of Birth:1856
Place of Birth:County Antrim, Ireland
Date of Death:1946
Place of Death:New Zealand
Age at death:90
User Name:Selwyn Library