Topic: William Wallace

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Rotorua Early Settler 1908-1927

Mr Wallace came to Rotorua in 1908 with his wife and five children (Athol, Arthur, Tracey, Barbara and Lindsay)  from Te Puke, another daughter Peggy was born in Rotorua.    He opened a Wood and Coal Merchant Business in Tutanekai Street on the corners of Hinemoa Street where Starbucks Coffee Shop (the yards) and the Mokoia Building (the Offices) stand today and their first home alongside.

He later bought land on either side of Old Taupo Road (some 40 acres) between Ranolf Street and Old Taupo Roads and from Old Taupo Road to the Utuhina Stream. He established two farms there and built his first country home on the West farm (now Hillcrest-Louis Place) until moving to the East Farm at the Ranolf Street end of the property and they had a milking shed and dairy herd which provided for the family also.

He was one of the first elected Councillors on the Borough Council 1923-1925. He died at the age of 52 on 18 March 1927 and is buried in the Sala Street Cemetery.

Excerpt from 'Rotorua People 1880s to 1940s' by Peggy (Ford) Allen (993.423z ALL on the 2nd Floor of Rotorua District Library)



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