CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Murphy, Thomas, General Storekeeper, Ballance, Mr. Murphy fulfils the duties of postmaster. There are three mails a week, which arrive in the township on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at ten o'clock, and are despatched on the same days, but an hour later. Mr. Murphy was born in Kerry, Ireland, and came to the Colony in 1866. For many years he worked
as a miner on the West Coast, and about four years ago took up a holding of 114 acres at Ballance, where he also engages in dairying. One of Mr. Murphy's daughters is a teacher in the local school.
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