Nelson, Marlborough and Westland


PERRETT, Robert Sparke

Page 266, 285

Mr. R. S. Perrett

Mr. ROBERT SPARKE PERRETT, J.P., Postmaster and Storekeeper at Nobles, has a store which contains a full stock of general merchandise. He was born in Paignton, Devonshire, England, in the year 1837, was educated in Guernsey, and brought up to a mercantile life. Mr. Perrett came to New Zealand, in 1856, landed in Nelson, and went to the goldfields at Collingwood, where he remained for seven years. In 1864, he joined in the `rush' to Wakamarina, and went, successively, to Hokitika and Ross, and, later, to Nobles where, for some time, he managed a store for Mr. S. M. Mackley. In 1878, he started in business on his own account as a storekeeper and butcher. Mr. Perrett has been a member of the Nobles school committee, and of the Ahaura licensing committee, and has been Deputy Returning Officer for Nobles for a number of years. In 1894, he was appointed to the Commission of the Peace.

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