Wellington Province


UDY, Mr. Hart

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Mr. Hart Udy

Mr. Hart Udy, J.P. who was at one time Mayor of the borough of Greytown, was born in Cornwall, England. He is the eldest son of the late Mr. Hart Udy, and came to New Zealand with his parents when five years old. When nine years of age he went to assist his father in the business of a builder and wheelwright. In 1855 he was married to Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr. C. Holland, of Petone, and came to live in Greytown on 400 acres purchased at Matarawa. With his father, he engaged in sawmilling. He erected his residence in Kuratawhiti Road, Greytown, in 18[6]0. In 1879 Mr. Gallon joined Mr. Udy, as Udy and Gallon, which partnership subsisted till 1893, when the latter became sole owner, Mr. Udy starting a mill in the Forty-Mile Bush. This is situate at Brownstown on the Wellington-Woodville railway line. Fifteen men are employed sawing rimu, totara, matai and white pine, the capacity being 130,000 feet a month. The native reserve Mr. Udy has leased is estimated to provide material for twelve to fourteen years sawing. Mr. Udy has six children, four sons and two daughters, one of the latter being organist at Wesley Church, Greytown. As choirmaster and circuit steward in the same church for many years, Mr. Udy has been prominent. He was a member of the Waiohine River Board, and a councillor of the borough of Greytown. In 1884 he was elected Mayor. In the Greytown Rifles he served till the company disbanded, and afterwards in the Greytown Cavalry for two years.

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