Nelson, Marlborough and Westland



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Mr. Gervase Roughton, sometime of Spring Grove, was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1828. He came to New Zealand with his parents in the ship Clifford, which landed them in Nelson early in 1842. Mr. Roughton first lived on the Nelson beach, where he and his mate pulled ashore the first white man that was drowned in the Nelson harbour. In 1843 he moved with his parents up to Brightwater. Mr. Roughton helped to drive the first flock of sheep to Blenheim, to Birch Hill run. He was there when a man, named Coward, was drowned while crossing the Wairau river - the first event of its kind connected with the colonisation of the district. About two years afterwards he returned to Nelson and bought fifty acres of land in the Waimeas, where he engaged in fruit and hop-growing. In 1855 he married a daughter of Mr. White, who came out to New Zealand in the Olympus, and had two sons and one daughter. Mr. Roughton died on the 25th of June, 1904.

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