Annie Going (Pitts) (1870 - 1936) MP

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Birthplace: Kaurihohore, Northland, New Zealand
Death: Died
Managed by: Jason Wills
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About Annie Going (Pitts)

Joseph Caleb Going was born at Kaurihohore, sometimes referred to as Vinegar Hill, Kamo. Joe’s early childhood was spent on this farm and he attended the Kamo School until he reached Standard 4. While at Kaurihohore, as a very small boy Joe recalls an interesting incident worth recording. A party of Maori warriors armed with muskets and the usual Maori implements of war could be seen advancing along the track that passed the farm and proceeded on down to Whangarei. His father, armed only with an old shot gun, went from his home down to the track to keep them off his land and to discover what they were up too. They however weren’t quarrelling with Pakeha’s but were on their way to take revenge upon another tribe who had caused their displeasure.

Annie Pitts

Homestead was built. Fredrick died of typhoid fever in Auckland on 23 Dec 1885 and was buried there.

The 1880’s to 1890’s saw the boys, now grown up, take up different occupations. Henry, after farming, had become a boarding house proprietor some years prior to this time. The others sought employment in the Kauri bushes, then in their hay-day. Joe, Percy and Dick Hodge had horse teams used for dragging huge logs out of the forest to the rivers where they were sent on down to the Mills. This employment served the one purpose for all three young men and that was to accumulate sufficient finances to buy a farm. Joe in his old age often recounted to his grandchildren those days in the Kauri bushes and a never-to-be forgotten story was of the great PuhiPuhi Forest fire which burned for weeks destroying the greatest stand of Kauri timber in all new Zealand’s great Kauri forests. Joe happened to be working not far away from the disastrous fire.

By the early 1890’s Joe and Percy had small farms (90 acres a piece) adjacent to one another’s at Ruatangata where they farmed and hand-milked cows. Joe met and married Annie Pitts in March 1891. Their family began arriving in 1892 and at regular intervals in subsequent years until the number reached 8.

Joseph & Annie GoingBecause of the size of the farm and the size of both families Joe and Percy continued part-time bush work. As the children grew up they assisted with the milking of the cows, skimming the cream from the large milk pans, and the making of butter for sale in Whangarei. During 1890’s Joe purchased a block of land adjacent to his father’s farm. This had a fine stand of kauri on it which he worked and then farmed the land, commonly known in the family as the Top Bush. Joe even tried his hand at road-making. With his fine boys growing up, and good horses, Joe was able to break in the land and finally had a very nice farm.

Following the death of his father, Joe took over the Three Mile Bush farm and farmed the land most successfully. At one time the whole flat area could be seen in beautiful wheat fields, the land being ideal for cropping. During 1900’s he began a shorthorn milking herd, later going entirely over to pedigree shorthorns.

In the early 1930’s he retired and his youngest son Lewis took over the farm and herd. Joe enjoyed his retirement in Whangarei, his wife died in 1935. Following a trip to Australia with his brother Maurice, he returned to New Zealand and died in 1938 at the age of 72 yrs and was buried alongside his wife in the Kamo Cemetery.

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Annie Going's Timeline

1870
June 27, 1870
Northland, New Zealand
1892
January 23, 1892
Age 21
Northland, New Zealand
1893
April 23, 1893
Age 22
New Zealand
1894
1894
Age 23
1895
November 9, 1895
Age 25
1900
February 21, 1900
Age 29
1903
April 19, 1903
Age 32
1904
June 21, 1904
Age 33
1907
October 11, 1907
Age 37
1936
March 14, 1936
Age 65