Otaio, South Canterbury, N.Z. - no Martins' left now.

 “Grange” and “Teams” farms.

Otaio is the name of a small settlement, and also of a riding of the Waimate County, South Canterbury, New Zealand; at the census of 1901 the riding had a population of 535. Otaio lies between the river of that name and the Makakihi river. 14 miles south of Timaru. A sheep and grain district. Good level roads. The country generally is fertile and undulating, and is devoted chiefly to sheep-farming. Otaio is noted for the fineness of its climate. Reference: Wise s NZ Index 1912

To start life under the conditions existing in a new country after leaving their comfortable homes in Tayport, Scotland and Victoria, Australia, required courage, faith and vision. The breaking of ties of relationships and friendships meant a great wrench, particularly for the wives and children. 

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] 1903 page 1052
Mr. and Mrs A. Martin, Senr.

Martin, Andrew, Farmer, Teams Farm, Otaio. Mr. Martin, who was one of the first settlers in the Otaio district, was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, in 1834, and was brought up to farming in the Old Country. He arrived in Melbourne by the ship “Sea King,” in 1854, and was married in Geelong, in 1859, to Miss Isabella Thomson, of Fifeshire, Scotland. After seven years of experience on the goldfields in Victoria, he came to Otago, where he worked on the diggings till 1865. He and his brother, Mr. George Martin, then went to Otaio, and took up 100 acres of land. This he has successfully cultivated, and, year by year, has added to his farm, which now consists of 1500 acres of freehold. A dwellinghouse and a large number of outbuildings have been erected, and there is a well-kept garden in front of the house. Teams Farm is considered one of the best model farms in South Canterbury, and it reflects great credit on Mr. Martin's energy and ability. Mr. Martin has been a director of the Timaru Milling Company since its formation; he was chairman of the Otaio school committee for sixteen years; he has been an active member of the Timaru and Waimate Agricultural and Pastoral Associations, Canterbury Farmers' Co-operative Association, and Smithfield Freezing Works. Mr. and Mrs Martin have six sons and three daughters, and four of the family are married and settled in the district.

The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 11 Feb. 1854 from Glasgow and Greenock, Nov. 9th, 42 passengers
Melbourne - Arrivals: February 1st. Sea King, Captain Foreman, sailed from the Clyde on 9th November and encountered heavy gales, being detained five days in getting out to sea. From land to land she accomplished the passage in seventy-three days. She brings fifty passengers and has made the run from Greenock to Hobson's Bay in eighty five days. The Sea King is a very fine ship, is beautifully as well as conveniently fitted up, and is, we are informed, about to sail for Callao.

Press, 20 March 1924, Page 6 Isabella Martin
Mrs Andrew Martin, who died at Otaio last Sunday, and was buried at Otaio cemetery on Tuesday, was one of the few remaining pioneers of South Canterbury, having resided in the district for 59 years. The late Mrs Martin, was born at St. Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland, 86 years ago, and left her native country for Australia in 1858. She was married in Geelong, Victoria, in 1859, to the late Mr Andrew Martin, who was gold mining, and afterwards carting to the Victoria diggings. On the outbreak of the gold rush in New Zealand, she came to New Zealand with her husband, and settled in Caversham. They removed to Otaio in 1865, where Mr Martin died about twelve years ago. The late Mrs Martin, was an ardent worker in the Presbyterian Church, and mainly through her generosity and efforts the Otaio church was built. She was also a keen worker for the school. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen in the district, old residents from all parts of South Canterbury coming, to pay their last respects to one who was deservedly loved and respected by all who had her acquaintance. The late Mrs Martin leaves five sons and three daughters to mourn their loss—Miss Martin, Messrs Frank and Andrew Martin (Otaio), Messrs George and James Martin (Geraldine), Mr Thomas Martin (Te Awamutu), Mrs James Meehan (Timaru), and Mrs Arthur Berry (now on the way to England).

Martin, Andrew, Junior, Hillside Farm, Otaio.
Mr Andrew Martin, jun., sold his farm in May 1907. Where did he go? His wife died  in 1950 and is buried at Timaru, a widow.

Timaru Herald, 10 May 1899, Page 1
WANTED - PLOUGHMAN, used to Hill Country. Apply on or before FRIDAY, May 12th. ANDREW MARTIN, Otaio.

Mr. Martin is the eldest son of Mr. Andrew Martin, an old colonist at Otaio. He was born in Geelong, in 1860, and came when a child with his parents to New Zealand. His practical knowledge of farming was acquired on his father's farm, and in 1887 he took over his present property, which consists of 374 acres. Mr. Martin has devoted his attention entirely to his farm, and has taken no active part in public affairs. In 1885 he married a daughter [Margaret Janet] of the late Mr. David Ogilvie, an old colonist of Otaio, and has three sons and three daughters. 

Births - parents Margaret and Andrew
1887 Martin Christina Margaret m. John SIMMONS in 1914.
1892 Martin Andrew m. Marion Alice Morrison in 1928. Marion died in 1979. She was born 7 Nov. 1906.
1890 Martin Thomas Nicoll m. Ethel May Gill in 1915
1897 Martin  Frances Jenetta m. George Lundie in 1935
1900 Martin Robert Gilmour (b. 8 Jan.) m. Ethel Jackson in 1926. Robert died in 1983.
1902 Martin Edith Mary
1906 Martin Ernest Ogilvie (b. 4 July)  m. Ruahine Elaine Allen (b. 23 April 1907) in 1932. Ruahine died in 1998. Ernest died in 1987.
1909 Martin Maisie Ethel married Andrew QUIGLEY in 1936. They lived at Otaio.
         Martin  Georgina married Wilfred Day STOWELL

Scottish Naming Custom 

Andrew Martin b. 14 Aug. 1892, attended Otaio School. Andrew with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles from his 18th birthday.  Went to Gallipoli. Wounded at Hill 971. Shot again on 21st Nov. 1917, Palestine. Nearly paralyised. Sent back to NZ. Posted to Featherston  in charge of the  44th Mounted Reinforcements. He farmed a mixed farm at Morven named "Rosedale."

7/90 Andrew Martin CMR 8th Squadron, farmer, last employer A. Martin, Otaio, Presbyterian. Highest rank 2 Lieut. DCM. Died 23 Nov. 1982, Waimate. "Rosedale" Morven. Born 14 August 1892. Marion Alice Morrison married Andrew Martin in 1928.

Evening Post, 21 December 1917, Page 7
D.C.M. has been awarded to the following member of the NZEF: S.M. A. Martin, Mtd. Rifle Rgt., 7/90;

Evening Post, 15 May 1918, Page 7
7/90, Sergeant (S.S.M.) A. Martin, Canterbury M.R., for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on two occasions. During an advance he showed great skill and daring in advance of his squadron, meeting two of the enemy and killing them single-handed. Later, his coolness and gallantry were particularly noticeable while directing his men in digging in under heavy hostile shell fire.

Margaret Janet Martin 84Y
M. Janet MARTIN, widow, died at "Harakeke" Otaio 12th Dec. 1949, aged 84 years and buried Timaru Cemetery. Her farm was situated at Otaio containing 75 acres more or less being Rural Section 15361 and the whole of the land in Certificate of Title Book Volume 424 Folio 258. Thomas Nicol Martin of Makikihi and Andrew Quigley of Otaio executors of her will.

It was not unusual for a farm be be named after a feature on the land. Harakeke is NZ flax, Phormium tenax - a native plant with long, stiff, upright leaves and dull red flowers. Found on lowland swamps throughout New Zealand. It has straight, upright seed pods.  Flax like the cabbage tree is a distinct and in-mistakable feature of the NZ landscape with coarse dark green leaves (3 to 10 ft) with its flower stem often higher. Best examples are near running water. Farmers used to use it for twine, take one of the long leaves and tear a strip from it, also impossible to break but brittle when twisted. Tops are frost bitten at 9° F and below. Sheep and cattle do not usually eat it though the latter will chew it. The roots are a thick creeping rhizome. The blossom which secrete nectar attracts native birds e.g. tuis.  The pulp from the roasted and macerated roots can be applied as a poultice for abscesses. The soft part at the base of the root can stop bleeding when placed over a wound.  The flax stick (dried flower stem) when died is called a korari. It is very light.  Ref. Plants of NZ by Laing & Blackwell, 6th ed., 1957.

The Tararua Disaster

Timaru Herald, 4 May 1881, Page 2
Our Waimate correspondent, writes that this disaster has excited the deepest feeling of regret for the lost and sympathy with the bereaved there, and since the announcement of the awful catastrophe but little else has been talked about. Mr G. Martin, of Otaio, was on his way to Scotland to visit his native place. The brothers English were well known at Waimate, where they had been backwards and forwards working in the neighborhood during the last few years. They are said to have been natives of either New South Wales or Victoria. Mr A. Martin proceeded to the scene of the disaster, and yesterday returned with the remains of his unfortunate brother, which will be interred at Otaio.

North Otago Times, 5 May 1881, Page 2
Timaru. May 4. The remains of George Martin, wrecked in the Tararua, were buried to-day at Otaio. The funeral was attended by a large number of people. It has been ascertained that John Flaherty, Roger Welsh, Edward Flowers, and A. M'Farlane, all from this district, went on board the Tararua at Port Chalmers. The names do not appear amongst the catalogue of passengers.

Timaru Herald, 19 May 1881, Page 2
Martin — Drowned in the s.s. Tararua, on the 29th April, George Martin, late of Otaio, aged 55 years. Deeply regretted.

Star 7 May 1881, Page 3
Our Otaio (South Canterbury) correspondent; writes : —" The loss of the Tararua has caused a gap in our community that cannot easily be filled, and few there are who will be so much missed as our late honest and much esteemed neighbour, George Martin. Mr Martin arrived from Scotland in the year 1854, and after tasting ten years of the alternating fortune and hardship which characterises the Victorian goldfields removed to this Colony. Seventeen years ago Mr Martin, in conjunction with a brother of our respected townsman, Mr Adamson, took the farm which formed the nucleus of the valuable property now owned by Mr Andrew Martin. After some time Mr Andrew Martin assumed the share of Mr Adamson, and since that time — seventeen years ago — the brothers have, by indomitable perseverance and industry, kept adding to their property until the present time, when they have under cultivation 2000 acres of land. The deceased had for some time cherished a wish to revisit the scene of youth; and in deference to his wish his friends almost hastened his departure by the ill-fated Tararua. Two days has elapsed since the most affecting severance from his relatives and a large circle of friends, when the dread summons came to which there may be no refusal. Mr Martin was 55 years of age, and was a native of Tayport, Fiffeshire."

Sheep owners returns for A & D. Martin, Otaio
1879 1880 1881 1890 1891 1900 1901
A & D. Martin, Otaio 860 1310 1511        
Martin, A., Otaio       1917 3000 1595 1645
Martin, David., Otaio       87 310 74 241
Martin, Andrew, jun, Otaio           234 368
Martain J.G., Makikihi           122 235
Martin, J.H., Makakihi           42 80


Otago Daily Times 4 December 1885, Page 2
Meehan—Martin. On the 18th November, at St. Joseph's Church, Dunedin, by the Rev. M. Walsh, James Meehan, of Makikihi, to Christina, the eldest daughter of A. Martin, Esq., Otaio.

Press, 2 November 1932, Page 7 Obituary James Meehan, 71.
Born in Sandhurst, Victoria in 1861. he was five years of age when he came to NZ with his parents, who landed at Moeraki in 1866. The family made the trip from the coast to the gold fields at Naseby and Macrac's by bullock waggon. He joined the staff of the Mount Ida Chronicle, He moved to Timaru where he set himself up in general shopkeeping business. He established a similar business in St. Andrews and Makikihi where he settled in 1883. Returning to Timaru in 1913, Mr Median established a grain, seed, and produce business, carrying on this up to the time of his death. An excellent judge of the quality of till lines of produce, he was regarded throughout South Canterbury as one of the biggest dealers and exporters of grain, particularly wheat, in which he carried on a big overseas trade for years. He was also one of the founders of the fat lamb export trade from South Canterbury, and engaged extensively in these ventures. He held for many years large agricultural and pastoral interests in Southland and Canterbury, which he controlled very successfully apart from his business in Timaru. Mr Median took an active interest in a number of public, and semi-public bodies, for which he worked with the same zealousness as marked his business life. During his early years he was a prominent member of the Makikihi School Committee, and later, on settling in Timaru, served as a member of the South Canterbury Hospital Board for several terms. He was one of the most valued members and officers of the Grain, Seed, and Produce Merchants' Association in Timaru. and held the office of president for a number of years, he was also a member of the executive of the South Canterbury War belief Society, and was actively interested in the Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and the Rotary Club, though he retired from these latter activities in later years. He was also a member of the Savage Club. Mr Meehan was married, in 1885 to Miss Christina Martin, a daughter of Mr Andrew Martin, of Otaio. He is survived by his widow and a family of three daughters— Mesdames M. Earl (Christchurch), N. Geaney (Makikihi), and N. Newton (Bradford-on-Avon, England)—and four sons—Messrs V.C., M. J., N.J. and F. D. Meehan.

Children of Christina and James MEEHAN
1886 Meehan Margaret Isabella married Michael EARL in 1914
1888 Meehan Ellen Christina m. Nicholas Gladstone GEANEY in 1914
1890 Meehan Victor Constantine m. Margaret Mary TWOMEY in 1921
1892 Meehan Isabella married Noel NEWTON in 1931
1893 Meehan Martin
1901 Meehan Francis Daniel

Timaru Herald, 9 July 1892, Page 2
Martin—Mackay. On July 6th, at Knox Church, Waimate, by the Rev. J. McKee, James Gilmour, second son of Mr Andrew Martin, of Otaio to Bessie (Elizabeth fourth daughter of Mr Mackay, of Fairfield, Waimate.

Timaru Herald, 18 July 1892, Page 2
There was large attendance at Knox Church, Waimate, on July 6th, to witness the marriage of Miss B. W. [Elizabeth Willemina McKay] Mackay, fourth daughter of Mr Mackay, Fairfeld farm, to Mr J.G. [James Gilmour] Martin, second son of Mr Andrew Martin, Teams farm, Otaio. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. McKee. The bride was given away by her father, and was attended on by Miss McLean and Miss J. Bryan. The bridegroom was supported by Mr G. F. Martin. After the ceremony the marriage party, consisting of a few friends of Mr Mackay, drove to his house where the wedding breakfast was laid. Mr E. Burns on behalf of the employees at Mr A. Martin's, presented Mr J. G. Martin with a handsome gold albert with locket attached, as a small token of the esteem in which he was held by them; also their best wishes for his and Mrs Martin's future happiness. In the afternoon Mr and Mrs Martin left for the south, a large party of friends seeing them off. The presents were numerous, many of them being very beautiful and costly. In the evening a large circle of friends assembled at Mr Mackay's, and dancing was indulged in until the small hours of the morning. [Bessie the beloved of J.G. Martin died Aug. 30th 1912, aged 45 years. She has a very large headstone at the Timaru Cemetery]

Timaru Herald, 30 April 1894, Page 2
Martin - McLean — On Thursday, 26th April, at the Presbyterian Church, Geraldine, by the Rev. A. B. Todd, Francis George, third son of Andrew Martin, Teams farm, Otaio, to Mary, oldest daughter of A. McLean, Pinehill, Geraldine.

Timaru Herald, 4 May 1894, Page 2
The Presbyterian Church, Geraldine, was on the 28th April the scene of a wedding which had been looked forward to with a great amount of interest. The contracting parties were Miss McLean, eldest daughter of Mr A McLean, of Pinehill, Geraldine, and Francis George Martin, third son of Mr Andrew Martin, of Teams Farm, Otaio. The bride was attended by Misses L and J McLean, and the bridegroom by Mr A Gilmour. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. B. Todd, B.A., the church being comfortably filled. At the conclusion of the ceremony about 150 guests proceeded to the residence of the bride's parents to partake of breakfast, at the conclusion of which the usual toasts were honoured. The bride was the recipient of over 100 presents, many of them being very handsome.

New Zealand Tablet, 17 May 1906, Page 30 MARTIN— EARL.
On April 25 an interesting ceremony took place in St. Mary's Church, Makikihi, when Miss Rosanna Earl daughter of Mr. W. Earl, 'Benacre,' Otaio was married to Mr. David Martin, son of Mr. Andrew Martin, Otaio. The ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. Dean Regnault. The church, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion, was crowded with friends and relatives of the contracting parties. The bride looked very handsome in a costume of white silk, trimmed with chiffon and delicate, lace. Miss Nora Earl (sister) was bridesmaid, and was neatly attired in cream voile trimmed with lace. The bridegroom was attended by Mr. W. Earl (brother of the bride). The bridegroom's present to the bride was a gold brooch, and to the bridesmaid a gold bangle, the bride's present to the bridegroom, being a gold chain. The wedding party left the church to the strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March. The wedding breakfast, to which a large number of guests sat down, was laid at the residence of the bride's father. Very Rev. Dean Regnault presided, and in a felicitous speech proposed the health of the newly married couple. Other toasts were also duly honored. During the afternoon several vocal and instrumental items were given, and a very enjoyable time was spent. In the evening Mr. and Mrs. Martin left for the North Island, where the honeymoon was to be spent. The wedding presents were numerous and costly, and included many cheques and a quantity of silverware.   

Births - Parents: Isabella & Andrew Martin had six sons and three daughters alive in 1903

1860 Andrew Jr. Martin b. Geelong, Victoria Reg: 3325

New Zealand birth registration
1863 Christina Martin buried in Timaru Cemetery. Died 27 May 1946, age 83.
1866 James Gilmour Martin b. 11 Jan. at Otaio, d. age 60, buried at Geraldine 28 July 1926. m. 1915 Sarah nee Bell d. 11 April 1950 age 68
1869 Francis George Martin d. 6th Dec. 1965, age 96. Buried Geraldine. Wife Mary died 15 March 1912.
1871 Thomas Martin
1875 Robert Martin
1877 Isabella Thomson Martin
1879 David Martin
1882 Frank Charles Martin
         Martin Margaret Rait

Isabella and Andrew Martin: Pioneers of Otaio : a story of their lives and their descendants
Author: Geddes, J.  2010  Paperback 576 pages. Jeanette Geddes (1936-  ) Christchurch Hilton Press.
Martin, Andrew, 1834-1908
Martin, Isabella, 1838?-1924

Old Country - Who was left in Scotland? Andrew made trips home to the Old Country in 1886, 1895 and 1900.

Timaru Herald, 31 May 1886, Page 3
The concert held at Otaio in aid of the school funds on Thursday evening, was a marked success. Mr Adamson occupied the chair, and by his cheerful manner proved himself well suited for the position. Mr Sidney Wolf, R.A.M., opened the first and second parts of the programme. Miss Hitch, Mrs Boyle and Miss M. Bone played various accompaniments in capital style and contributed greatly to the success of the entertainment. The duet "Army and Navy " was sung by Messrs Martin and Foster, and was well rendered and received. Mr Warrington sang "The Holy Friar" capitally, and later sang "Will-o'-the Wisp " so well that an encore was loudly called for. "Prince Charlie's Lament" was sung by Miss Innes with great taste and feeling and was heartily encored. Miss Innes sang "Caller Ou" in the second part. "The Ship's Fiddle" and "The Silver Churn" were sung by Mr Binning with very good effect. Miss Ethel Smith's singing of, the " Five O'clock Tea " caused a considerable amount of applause, while for the "Reign of the Roses " she received an encore. "Stranded" and "The Scout" were rendered by Mr Foster in excellent style, and were well received. The duet "The Crookit Bawbee" by Miss Innes and Mr Martin was beautifully sung. Mr Gilchrist sang "Sailing" and "The Sea is England's Glory. "  "Milly's Faith" and "Tit for Tut" were given by Miss Bono in a very creditable manner, and the latter song not with decided approval. "My Brilliant and I" and "Forty Minutes," two hunting songs, were rendered by Mr Boyle, and received loud applause from the audience. Mr Hosie sang two fine songs, "Bonnie Scotland" and "The March of the Cameron Men". "A Jolly Good Laugh" and "Granmother's "Chair", were sung by Mr Neilson, who quite brought down the house, and had to give an encore to both. Mr Martin's song, the ''The Highland man Toast," and "The Maid of the Mill," were sung in good style. Mr Sinclair sang "The Widow Malone," The duet, "Glou Glou," by Miss Ethel Smith and Mr Binning, caused much amusement and loud applause, and was encored. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded to all the ladies and gentleman who had assisted. in making the concert such a success. Mr Adamson at the conclusion of the concert spoke of Mr Andrew Martin's intended trip to Scotland, and said this would be a fitting opportunity for the people to wish Mr Martin a very pleasant passage and a safe return to his family and home. Three hearty cheers were given for Mr Martin, and the audience very heartily sang " For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." The singing of " God Save the Queen" brought the concert to a close. After the concert, dancing began, and was kept up with spirit till morning. Mr A. Martin, junr., acted as M.C., while Messrs Louden, Emery, and A. Martin supplied excellent music for the dancers, and deserve many thanks for their valuable services. Bountiful refreshments were supplied by the committee during the evening. The schoolroom was beautifully decorated with flowers for the occasion, and had a very fine appearance.

Timaru Herald, 15 April 1895, Page 2
Mr Andrew Martin, of the Teams Farm, Otaio, has, just returned from a trip to the Old Country, and his numerous friends in Otaio and surrounding districts are very pleased to welcome him amongst them again. He is looking well and hearty, and has enjoyed his visit very much.

Timaru Herald, 9 May 1900, Page 2
On Sunday morning, at the close of the morning service at Lower Otaio, the Rev. Mr Mackie, on behalf of the congregation, presented Miss Bella Martin with a travelling rug and straps, as a small recognition of the many services she had rendered the church by acting as organist for the last seven years. Mr Mackie; in a neat little speech, wished Miss Martin a very pleasant trip to the Old Country, and said that he was sure that ail would be glad to welcome her and her father back again. Miss Martin very feelingly and suitably replied, thanking Mr Mackie and the congregation for their gift.

Timaru Herald, 15 May 1900, Page 2
Mr Andrew Martin, of Otaio, accompanied by his daughter, left Makikihi on Saturday by the south express. They go to Scotland, via Melbourne.

Community Events 

Timaru Herald, 27 December 1879, Page 2 Otaio Children's Annual Fete. —
On Christmas Day over a hundred persons, including a number of friends from Upper Otaio, assembled at Hunter's Hill. This is one of the most picturesque spots in South Canterbury ; the grounds are beautifully enclosed with trees, shrubs and flowers, and from behind, the venerable hills looked down with bright sunny smiles upon the children's innocent enjoyments. Messrs D. Martin, Louden, and Smith, who superintended the contests in running, awarded in the boys' race, first prize, James Martin; second, B. Lindsay; third, G. Martin. Girls — Miss M. Ogilvie, first prize; Helen Bill, second, and J. A. Martin third. A number of prizes were also given to the younger children. The next part of the programme was the distribution of school prizes. The Rev. Mr McLennan addressed a few words of counsel and encouragement to the children, after which all the children attending Sunday school received prizes — M. Ogilvie, first ; J. Lindsay, second, and E. Adamson third prize. After this came the day school prizes, which were awarded to the first three as follows:— Robert Lindsay, first; James Martin, second; M. Ogilvie, third. Mr Adamson, Chairman of the School Committee, in awarding his annual two prizes for good attendance at school to J. Martin and E. Adamson, urged upon parents the necessity of sending their children regularly to school, both for the benefit of pupils themselves and encouragement to the teachers. After cheering, feasting and singing, the wagons kindly sent by Mr A. Martin moved homewards, and above the rumbling sounds of the wagons the sweet voices of the children could be heard singing Sankey's beautiful hymns, and all reached home safely after spending one of the happiest days we have ever enjoyed. The people of Otaio are deeply indebted to Mr Teschemaker for the use of the grounds.

Timaru Herald, 14 December 1880, Page 2
Otaio— A correspondent sends us the following: — A most enjoyable evening was spent here by a gathering of about two hundred persons, on the 10th inst., Friday last. The occasion upon which such a large number of people collected was one which invariably commands the collective sympathy of all communities, namely, that of providing for the musical instruction of the young. At about eight o'clock Mr Moses Adamson, chairman of our School Committee, took the chair and announced to his numerous audience, that in accordance with the wishes of a large section of the church-going people and those interested in the musical education of our children, it was resolved to make an effort to purchase an harmonium to be used in the church as well as for the school purposes. This resolve was no sooner made than acted upon, and to the ladies and gentlemen who generously gave their services was due the thanks of the district, not only for catering to their pecuniary necessities, but for providing a night's genuine entertainment. Mr Adamson then called upon the several singers in their respective places on the programme, and I am happy to chronicle that not a single hitch occurred to mar the harmony of the evening. Messrs W. Foster, W. Eastwick and R. Hill acquitted themselves in a highly commendable manner, and I have no doubt with a little training these three gentlemen would do no discredit to a much larger district than Otaio. Mrs C. Looms, Mrs Ritchey, Miss C. Martin, and Miss M. Ogilvie, received very deserved applause for the rendering of their several songs. The singing was interspersed with recitations from Miss Helen Rogers, Miss E. Adamson, and Miss H. Hill, the first of whom was highly applauded for her capital rendition of the "Wreck of the Hesperus." A reading was given by Mr Ritchey which considerably excited the risible faculties of the gentler sex present. Miss Gain, and Mrs Cairncross very ably presided at the piano which Mr Andrew Martin very kindly lent for the occasion. The Otaio choir gave a few choruses and glees during the evening, which received their fair share of applause. After the concert refreshments were provided, and dancing was kept up till "daylight did appear." As in the concert, Mrs Cairncross very skilfully presided at the piano, and delighted the dance-loving couples by her able manipulation of the music. Mr Andrew Martin here again displayed his genial nature in offering to accompany with his violin. It is needless to say his offer was accepted with avidity, and it would be hard to find a more harmonious band than graced the after proceedings of the dance. On the whole the evening  entertainment was the most enjoyable ever spent in the district, the most perfect order, amity, and good-feeling being displayed throughout. Messrs Tennent, Potter, and Saunders, from Waimate, contributed a few vocal gems during the - intervals, and Mr Taylor, Pareora, sang " The Old Scotch Songs" very ably, towards morning. The meeting broke up after the several votes of thanks had been passed, and the singing of the National Anthem had been accomplished. Mr Andrew Martin, junior, a member of our choir, owing to a severe cold, was prevented from making his appearance. 

Timaru Herald, 25 January 1883, Page 3 Annual Meeting of Householders.
The annual meeting of householders in the Otaio school district was held at the school house on Monday, the 22nd inst. There was a small attendance. Mr W. De G. Reeves was voted to the chair, and read the notice of the meeting. On the motion of Mr Adamson, the minutes of last annual meeting were read and confirmed. The Chairman then announced that the meeting would proceed to the election of a Committee for the ensuing year, and after some discussion, the following gentlemen were proposed and seconded: — Messrs D. Lindsay, D. Ogilvie, A. Boyle, A. Martin, M. Adamson, D. Martin and W. De G. Reeves. This being the required number, and there being no other nomination, the above gentlemen were declared duly elected to form a Committee for the ensuing year. A cordial rote of thanks to the outgoing Committee was carried unanimously. After the meeting of householders, a meeting of the new Committee was held. Present— Messrs Ogilvie, Adamson, Lindsay, A. Martin and Reeves. On the motion of Mr Reeves, seconded by Mr Adamson, Mr A. Martin was appointed to be Chairman of the new Committee. Messrs Wakefield and Goldsmith were nominated at members of the Education Board. The meeting then closed till the last Tuesday in February.

Timaru Herald, 30 June 1885, Page 3 Otaio
The ordinary monthly meeting of the School Committee was held on Tuesday evening last. There were present Messrs A. Martin (in the chair), M. Adamson. D. Ogilvie, and D. Martin. After the minutes of last meeting had been read and confirmed, a circular from the Education Board was read re resolutions recently passed by the Board anent claims for repairs, etc. Sundry necessary repairs were promised to be attended to by the Chairman. The other business was of a routine nature.

Otago Witness 22 July 1897, Page 41
The Waimate Cycling Club had a run to Mr Andrew Martin's farm, Otaio, on Thursday night last. About six ladies and 12 gentlemen were present. Mr Martin entertained the club with his usual hospitality.

Waimate Daily Advertiser 20 May 1899, Page 4
MAKIKIHI. The weather here is fairly settled, though ploughing and sowing are not general yet. The threshing machines are having a rough time of it in shifting, but manage to get about somehow. The returns all round are very fair. A ball given by the employees of Teams Farm, Otaio, at Mr Andrew Martin's other estate " The Grange," came off on Friday, the 12th, and although the weather was extremely boisterous, a goodly number of their friends arrived from the four surrounding districts. The ballroom (a new grain shed) was nicely decorated with cabbage-tree ferns and wreaths of crysanthemums [sic], and the floor was excellent. The music for the Grand March was supplied by the pipes of Mr A. Martin (sen.) after which square and round dances followed in order to the music of Mrs G. Martin (piano) and Messrs A. Martin, sr., G. Martin and Harper (violins). Mr A. Martin, jr., proved an efficient M.C. The wants of the inner man were well attended to, refreshments being handed round several times between the dances. The company was also entertained with songs by Miss Isabella Martin and Messrs Depree and Coates, a recitation by Mr Wederell and a sailor's hornpipe by Mr M'Ilwrick. The night's entertainment never flagged, but as all things have an end, so this party came to a close about 4 o'clock by a march played on the bagpipes by Messrs A. (jr) and G. Martin and finally " Auld Lang Syne." It is to be hoped this will not be the last dance we will have in the same shed. 

Opening of the Otaio Presbyterian Church

ST ANDREW'S Parish, Presbytery of South Canterbury
St Andrews parish is a co-operative venture, combining Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist Churches. St Andrew's Church held its first meeting in August 1879. In 1880 Otaio, Pareora West, Otipua and St Andrew's were formed into a regular charge, and the first minister was inducted in Aug 1881. The parish records include: Otaio Church Building Committee minutes 1913. Held at: South Canterbury Museum.

Timaru Herald, 7 November 1913, Page 3 The district school was opened in March, 1876, and that services have been hold there ever since, for some years intermittently, but regularly for the past fifteen years. Special reference was made to Mrs Andrew Martin, by whoso generosity the building fund' was initiated. The church (built in wood) stands on a site of nearly two acres, presented by Mrs Martin, and situated at the corner of the Main South road, and Kokika Valley road. It is capable of seating 200 comfortably, the main building being 40 feet by 20 feet. A vestry 14ft by 14ft., with large open fireplace, is at the south end and the entrance porch 8ft. by 8ft., built in the form of a tower 24ft high, is at the north end. The tower has three large louvres by which the whole building can be perfectly ventilated in all weather.  The furnishings, including a beautiful pulpit given by Mrs Martin and family, in memory of the late Mr Andrew Martin, were supplied by Messrs Cranston and Gibb, in their best style. Mr Phillips was the builder, and the minister designed and supervised the building. A great deal of free labour was supplied by members of the committee, their sons, and other friends, all the carting, etc.. being carried out by them. The building is a credit to the district, and is sure to prove a great acquisition. Messrs R. Brunton, A. Martin. J. Linton. J. Paterson, G. Hall, A. Nicol, and the Rev. F. Jeffreys, were the building committee. Mrs Ogilvie gave the pulpit Bible, Mrs John Martin the pulpit hymn book, Mrs A. Martin, junr. the pulpit chair, Mr and Mrs F. Martin, the carpet, and Miss Martin the pulpit lamps. photo

The former Otaio Presbyterian Church was moved to Bushtown on Friday 12th Dec. 2008 as it is moved from council land at Waimate to Bushtown. The last service was held at the church on November 11, 1971. In 1973 the Waimate Rotary Club purchased and shifted it to Waimate, a council property at 11 Goldsmith St, Waimate and modified it for use as the Waimate Girl Guide Hall until 2007. In 2008 it was moved to Bushtown where it is to be restored to its original church status.

Teams Farm

Timaru Herald, 16 October 1872, Page 3
The Draught Entire, Rob Roy.— Mr Martin, of the Otaio, on the recent trip of the Claud Hamilton from Melbourne, landed his horse, Rob Roy, at Dunedin all safe and sound, and travelled with him overland to his farm on the Otaio. Rob Boy was bred by Neil Black and Co., of Victoria, and will prove we doubt not a most, valuable acquisition to our draught stock m this district.

Otago Witness 28 April 1898, Page 6
I recently had a chat with a few farmers fn the Otaio district, which includes the northern portion of the Waimate County. Leaving Mr Quinn's place we called upon Mr Andrew Martin, another old settler in the district, who has a large and well-appointed homestead snugly situated at the foot of the downs. Mr Martin is not behind his neighbours in the number and size of his farm buildings. An efficient windmill attends to the water supply, and steam power is used for crushing, sawing, and chaff-cutting. The sheep dip is one of the neatest and most convenient that I have seen anywhere, and, in fact, the arrangement and general tidiness of the steading are such as to show that the owner has provided a, place for everything and sees that everything is in its place. Mr Martin and his sons possess a good many broad acres, and I had the pleasure of taking a drive with him over a portion of them. The turnips are a fair average crop, and near by we saw four teams turning over land which looked fit to grow a good crop of any kind put into it. Messrs Martin and Sons had a large area in wheat, which promises to yield from 20 to 25 bushels per acre, either of which is below their usual average in a moister season. The dams on this property are still holding water, and the sheep were looking as well as anyone could wish. As the question of manuring wheat has cropped tip lately in the Witness, I asked Mr Martin he had tried any manure with wheat. He said he drilled in l cwt of superphosphate with the wheat on the dark faces a few years ago, and found it answered well, in so far that it brought the crop on faster and also strengthened its growth, so that the dark faces were as good and were fit to cut as soon as the rest of the field.

Timaru Herald, 21 March 1882, Page 2
Accident at Otaio — Master George Martin, son of Mr Andrew Martin, of Otaio, met with a painful accident on Sunday while riding with his father to their Grange Farm. The pony upon which the boy was riding became restive and threw him heavily, breaking his arm near the elbow. He was almost immediately removed to Waimate and put under medical care.

Press, 20 October 1909, Page 11
AUCTION SALE OF HIGH CLASS AGRICULTURAL LAND. THE CANTERBURY FARMERS' COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION, LTD., in conjunction with Messrs Pyne and. CO., have been instructed by the Executrix in the Estate of the late ANDREW MARTIN, Otaio, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at TATTERSALL'S LAND SALE ROOMS, Timaru, on SATURDAY, 20th NOVEMBER, 1909, At 2 p.m., GRANGE FARM, OTAIO, Comprising 1005 Acres 2 Roods and 29 perches, subdivided into 17 paddocks securely fenced and well watered, together with 6 roomed dwelling-house, dairy, wash and coal houses, men's quarters, consisting of dining and sleeping accommodation for ten men, cook-house, fitted with baker's oven, and all up-to-date conveniences; stables, granary, chaff and buggy houses, blacksmith a shop, cow byre, large sheep and cattle yards, almost new. Also out-homestead consisting of five-roomed dwelling-house, grain store, trap shed and yards. Of the property there is at present 800 acres in wheat, 150 acres in oats, 30 acres ploughed, ready for turnips, 160 acres new grass, 140 acres in two-year grass, balance in. three-year-old grass. Providing the Farm does not find a buyer in one block, it will be offered in the following subdivisions, to be defined by existing paddocks, and subject to survey, viz., TOP HOMESTEAD BLOCK, comprising 450 acres, subdivided into 8 paddocks, all well watered, together with out-homestead as described above. In this block there are 125 acres in wheat, 93 in oats, 30 acres ploughed ready for turnips, balance in one-year-old grass. GRANGE HOMESTEAD BLOCK, comprising 555 acres 2 roods and 29 perches, subdivided into 9 paddocks, together with main homestead buildings, yards and all substantial improvements, as described above. Of the land 175 acres is under wheat, 75 acres oats, balance in grass, one year and over. TERMS AT SALE. The Auctioneers desire to remind those who may be on the look-out for a first-class agricultural property that this sale presents a splendid opportunity of securing one. The land is all rolling downs with a rich, free soil, easily worked and no waste, and well sheltered from the southerly winds. The quality and quantity of grain produced is phenomenal, 64 bushels of wheat and 90 of oats per acre being regularly grown, and it is splendid fattening country, and free from all kinds of noxious weeds. All buildings and improvements- are in the pink of condition. The situation of this property is all that could be desired, viz., 2 miles from public school, and three miles from Otaio railway station. Intending buyers will be shown over the property on application being made to the agents. J. MUNDELL, 6670 Auctioneer.

Press, 24 November 1909, Page 2 Pyne and Co. report the following land sale.
Account of the executrix of the late Andrew Martin, Otaio, in conjunction with the Canterbury Fanners' Co-operative Association, that beautiful property near Otaio, known as the Grange Farm, to Mr Andrew Martin. It is very satisfactory to note that this fine farm remains in the family.

House at Otaio, South Canterbury Pan-0402-F
Martin, Margaret J (Miss), (as a client)
Close-up view of wooden villa with garden and grounds. Semi-circular driveway in front onto main road and farmland beyond. Trees and hills behind house. Homestead at Teams Farm, Otaio.  Inscribed - Marginal notes on negative -"Miss M.R. Martin. Teams Farm, Otaio, Sth Cantby. Dark red roof, darken borders plant in front. 1 oils. Yellow leaves. Rose beds in centre of lawns, yellow, red & pink. Palm has yellow flowers in centre. Red geranium in front of house. Pansies in front of bay window. Middle tree near fense [i.e. fence] on right of picture, dark red leaves. Various trees. Firs etc. Light and dark green". Panoramic negative 24.8 x 113.8 cm taken by R.P. Moore in 1925.

David Martin

David Martin died on 2nd July 1907 at Dunedin, late of Otaio, farmer but now of Spreydon near the city of Christchurch bequeath his real and personal estate to his wife Cecilia Ogilvie Smith Martin. They married in 1883. No children. Had cancer of the jaw that was operated on in Dunedin five weeks before a second operation to correct the disfiguration caused by the first operation. He was 67 years old.

Colonist 3 July 1907 Page 4 DEATH UNDER CHLOROFORM.
Dunedin, July 2. An elderly man named David Martin died this morning under chloroform, while being operated on in a private hospital. An inquest will be held to-morrow.

Timaru Herald 4 July 1907 Page 4
MARTIN. At Nurse Thomson's Private Hospital, Dunedin, July 2nd, David Martin, late, of Otaio, in his 67th year. The Funeral will leave his late residence, Bright's Road, Christchurch, at 2 o'clock, on Friday, for the Addington Cemetery.

Timaru Herald 6 August 1895 Page 2 [ Joseph Kitchen Smith]
DEATH. Smith — At Springfield farm, Otaio, at the residence of Mr David Martin, on the 4th August, Joseph K. Smith, late of Forfarshire, Scotland ; aged 88 years. Deeply regretted.

SMITH - The friends of Mr. David Martin, are respectfully requested to attend the funeral of his late father - in - law, Joseph K. Smith, which will leave his residence, Springfield Farm, Otaio, on Wednesday the 7th August, at half past eleven, for the Waimate Cemetery.   

Sudden Deaths

Timaru Herald, 18 October 1876, Page 2
Death - On October 7, at Woolshed Gully, Otaio, John M. Martin, eldest son of John Martin, aged 11 years.

Timaru Herald, 16 September 1889, Page 2
There passed away to rest on Saturday morning a lady well known to the settlers of the Otaio district, namely, Mrs Gilmour, the mother of Mrs Andrew Martin, of Otaio. The deceased lady was 91 years of age, and several of her family are living in the Waimate district. She retained her faculties unclouded to the last, and for such a very old lady, had a wonderful memory. She was thrice a widow, and for many years was the only midwife in the Otaio-Waimate district. Her funeral takes place at Waimate to-day, and her large circle of friends will no doubt pay their lost respects to her memory by attending. 

Timaru Herald, 5 November 1900, Page 2 Georgia Martin Anderson, aged 41
The funeral of Mrs Duncan Anderson, of St. Andrews, took place yesterday afternoon, and was largely attended, St. Andrews and the Pareora district where the deceased lady was well known and greatly respected, being particularly well represented. The service at the mortuary chapel and at the grave was conducted very impressively by the Rev. L. Carsley Brady, Vicar of Otaio and Bluecliffs parish. The death was a sad one, the late Mrs Anderson having been taken ill only at the beginning of last week, and the greatest of sympathy is extended to Mr Duncan Anderson, and the Messrs Martin, the near relatives of the deceased lady.

Ashburton Guardian, 27 October 1908, Page 2
Andrew Martin, a well-known farmer of South Canterbury, died suddenly at his residence, Otaio, on Sunday morning, aged 74 years.

Otago Witness 4 November 1908, Page 51
Martin — At Teams Farm, Otaio, Canterbury, Andrew Martin (suddenly); aged 74 years.

Otago Witness 11 November 1908, Page 25
The death has been announced of Mr Andrew Martin, of Otaio. Mr Martin was an old colonist, having arrived in Australia in the ship Sea King in 1854. After mining and waggoning in Geelong, he came over to Dunedin at the outbreak of the gold diggings, fetching his teams with him. He was a well-known carrier to all parts of Central Otago, having his home at Caveraham. Mr Martin settled at Otaio 43 years ago, where he had a large property. He was looked upon as a model farmer and breeder and judge of Clydesdale horses. In the latter capacity he acted at the leading- agricultural shows. Deceased leaves a widow, six sons, and three daughters to mourn their loss. [Buried at the Otaio Cemetery] photo of headstone

Evening Post, 1 March 1939, Page 11
Woman killed car hits bridge three others injured. This Day.
A young woman was killed and three others injured when a car struck a bridge at Hook at 1 a.m. today and fell into a creek bed. Marjorie Martin, aged 28, of Otaio, was killed, and those injured were Percival Martin, driver, Trevor Lander, Te Awamutu, and Ronald Galbraith, Timaru. The condition of the injured is not serious. The party was returning from a dance at Willowbridge. [Marjorie was the d/o Frank C. & Margaret Martin, she was buried at Otaio] 

Waimate Cemetery  - grave numbers

STRONG CHRISTINA GILMORE 	17/09/1919 89 years Presbyterian 239 b. 1830
STRONG GEORGE JOSEPH 		15/03/1891 62 years Presbyterian 239 b. 1829
STRONG ISABEL JOSEPHINE 	17/07/1938 69 years Presbyterian 238 b. 1869
MARTIN ROBERT 			12/08/1875 06 weeks Presbyterian 710 b. 1875
MARTIN JOHN MELDRUM 		07/10/1876 11 years Presbyterian 731 b. 1865
MARTIN GEORGE 			11/10/1876 31 years Presbyterian 743 b. 1845
MARTIN GEORGE 			04/05/1881 55 years Presbyterian 724 b. 1826
GILMOUR CHRISTINA 		17/09/1889 91 years Presbyterian 739 b. 1798

MARTIN BARBARA 			28/02/1916 82 years Presbyterian 181 b. 1834
MARTIN JOHN 			20/01/1911 80 years Presbyterian 182 b. 1831
MARTIN WILLIAN BARCLAY 		27/05/1935 59 years Presbyterian 182 b. 1876
MARTIN ELIZABETH SARAH DAVIDSON 23/03/1938 67 years Presbyterian 184 b. 1871

MARTIN CATHERINE 		2/04/1918  44 years Presbyterian 384  b. 1874

MARTIN JANE 			6/10/1960  60 years Presbyterian 1085 b. 1900
MARTIN MARION ALICE 		5/07/1979  73 years Presbyterian 1225 b. 1906
MARTIN ANDREW 			23/11/1982 90 years Presbyterian 1226 b. 1892

Probates online

ADAMSON Ann Simmie 		Otaio near Timaru - Married Woman 1906 	buried at Otaio
MARTIN Andres [sic]		Otaio - Farmer 1908 			buried at Otaio
MARTIN Isabella 		Otaio - Widow 1924 			buried at Otaio
JOHNSON John Freeman 		Otaio - Farmer 1938			buried at Otaio	
JOHNSTONE Harry Bell S 		Otaio - Farmer 1945 
JOHNSTONE Pauline Sheila 	Otaio - Married Woman 1972 
MARTIN Margaret Rait 		Otaio - Spinster 1938 			buried at Otaio age 64
EARL John 			Otaio - Farmer 1945 
MARTIN Margaret Janet		Otaio - Widow 1950 			buried at Timaru age 84
MARTIN Frank Charles 		Otaio - Farmer 1960 			buried at Otaio
MARTIN Margaret 		Otaio - Widow 1963 			buried at Otaio
MARTIN Francis George 		Otaio - Retired Farmer 1966 
MARTIN Percival Andrew 		Otaio - Farmer 1973 			buried at Otaio age 60

Filing 29 April 1925. That "The Teams Farm" consisting of about 390 acres and being Rural Sections 6998, 6996, 10967, 12481,15224, 15225, 16791 and part of 17805 and also a fee simple section of 20 acres known as "The Bush Section" being part Rural Section 20218 transferred to Isabella Martain's son Frank Charles Martin, 1924. Margaret Rait Martin, spinster got house and section at Nelson Terrace in Timaru sais section contains 29 poles and is Lot 15 Deposit Plan 2154 Borough of Timaru. Grandson Alistair James Martin son of son James Gilmour Martin got War Bonds totalling £200 purchased in 1917 and payable in 1938. Three daughters got £2000 namely Christina Meehan the wife of James Meehan, Isabella Berry the wife of Arthur Berry and the said Margaret Rait Martin. Receipts:
Dr Pitts, account due £110 5s 6d
Supreme Court Probate fee £37
Nurse Stewart £29 17 6 d
F. Akhurst Chemist account £1 5s 3s
A. Inkster, chemist account £6 2s 3d
G.W. Collett funeral expenses £22 15s 9d
Perry Kinnerney & Finch, accounts due £210 9s 6d.
Bank charge and closing fee 10s.

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project 

First-names: Localities, Occupations, Nicknames, Ships. This example is a ship.

James Nicol Fleming PAGE
Birth: 1876 in at sea around the area of Capetown
Death: 5 Sep 1954 in Kohika Valley, Otaio, Canterbury, NZ
Burial: 6 Sep 1954 Waimate, South Canterbury, NZ
Occupation: Labourer, Farmer