Nelson, Marlborough and Westland



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Mr. JOB RUSS of `Bearcroft,' Waimea West, was born on the 2nd of December, 1819, in Somersetshire, England, where he was educated, and learned agriculture. He came to New Zealand in the year 1842, and landed in Nelson by the ship `Charles Forbes,' accompanied by his wife. Mr Russ was for a while employed by the New Zealand Land Company. Subsequently he built a hut in Waimea West, and commenced farming, but was shortly afterwards flooded out, which necessitated his removal to Appleby, where for many years he was successful as a farmer. Mr. Russ endured many of the hardships and privations of the early settlers, and had at one time to dig up his seed potatoes for food. In the year 1879 he purchased his present property, where he has since resided. Mr. Russ was for a time a member of the Waimea West school committee. He married a daughter of Mr. Edmund Satherley, of Somersetshire, England, and has, surviving, six sons and one daughter.

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