CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
McLEAVEY, James, Settler, Ohau. Born in 1860 in Makara, Wellington, where he was educated, at thirteen years of age, Mr. McLeavey went to Rangitikei to gain experience in sheep and cattle breeding. Remaining for nine years, he went to Otaihanga, where he remained three years. For four years subsequently he was manager of Messrs. Pascoe Bros'. station at Kereru. Settling in Ohau he leased 400 acres from Sir Walter Buller, which he now farms, having excellent pasturage for 1600 sheep and fifty head of cattle, the homestead being a comfortable eight-roomed house. In 1890 Mr. McLeavey was married to Miss Murphy, of Cattle Kerry, Ireland, and has two sons and a daughter.
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