Linburn Station Waimata Valley Gisborne District June 2015
Lisburn Station, owned by my Great-grandfather Henry Dean Dods 1887 to 1907 (will check dates when I get home from holiday.)
Taken from a journal written by my Grandmother, where she talks about Linburn (this photo) and her mother Stella Dods, and her Grandfather H D Dods.
First memories, or more likely, memories of memories on board ship going to England (third birthday sometime on return journey.) Stella Dods came out with parents H D Dods (Henry Dean Dods) and Mary Catherine (nee Dods) in 1886 - her father (H D Dods) having had a reconnaissance trip the year before, actually in December 1884 - January 1886 in search of a suitable place to live. Among other things, he saw the Pink and Whites Terraces at Rotorua - and thought he must take his family to see them, but on their journey out, Mt Tarawera erupted and the terraces were covered deep in ash. He came no nearer than at anchor in the bay. (Poverty Bay, Gisborne) Others went on shore but not Henry Dods There is no known record of the journey out in 1886, not even the name of the ship. But we know that the eruption was in June. Why and how they came to Gisborne is not known. Stella Dods was eight. A property was bought up the Waimata Valley, 15 miles from Gisborne from Charles Grey, owner of Waiohika, whose homestead was at the foot of Greys Hill. The Dods called their farm Linburn. While the house was being built the family lived at the corner of Palmerston Road and Carnarvon Street and Stella Dods attended the central school. Later when living at Linburn Stella Dods attended a boarding school in Gladstone Road, Gisborne - it was known as Miss Watson’s and situated in a small two storied house, now defunct, by the Salvation Army Citadel.
This is not the original house, it burnt down in 1920.