Tom Barr.; TC8446


Tom Barr.

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Tom and Eliza Barr came to Huia in 1868 and lived near the waters edge at Little Huia. He farmed the land behind.

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Sandra Baker 14 Jul 2012 00:18 AM,UTC

OBITUARY Auckland Star 8 Dec 1932
The death occurred on December 4 of Mr Thomas Barr in his 85th year, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs W White, Hill Street, Onehunga. Mr Barr was born at Onehunga, being the son of an Imperial pensioner who had served in the British Army in India. Mr Barr was taken by his parents when 9 years old to reside at Big Muddy Creek, and afterwards at Awhitu for a few years. In 1867 or 1868 Mr Barr settled at Huia, where he engaged in mill work, bush contracting and farming. It was while he lived at Big Muddy Creek, that HMS Orpheus was wrecked on the Manukau Bar. Although not an eye-witness of that catastrophe, Mr Barr had considerable experience of the result of the wreck afterwards. He attended the funeral of some of the men who lost their lives and were buried there. He often spoke in after years of the wreck of the Orpheus, of which he had very vivid recollections, notably the loss of the ship's safe containing a large sum of money in gold that was being brought out to pay the soldiers and sailors in other warships lying in the Manukau Harbour. Mr Barr used to say that the safe was put into one of the ship's whale boats, and when the men in it had got away from the wreck a big wave struck the boat, capsizing it, and the occupants, some of whom were drowned. The safe was quickly buried in the sand and never recovered. Mr Barr collected a large quantity of material as it came ashore from the wreck, out of which he made a fine model of the Orpheus. It is intended to place this in the Auckland Museum shortly. Mr Barr was married on 3 January, 1871, at Auckland, to Miss Eliza Woodward, of Onehunga, by whom he is survived with 7 daughters, 2 sons and 40 grandchildren. The interment will take place tomorrow at St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery, Onehunga, where both his parents are buried.
S. Baker
Great Granddaughter

Comment: The model of the Orpheus was given to an unknown person by Tom Barr's neice to be restored as a mast had become broken. It subsequently disappeared. I am currently trying to trace it.

Reed evans 11 Mar 2009 05:40 AM,UTC

This was my Grandfather

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