Richard Rundle (1806 - 1894) MP

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Birthplace: Werrington, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Taranaki Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 9927, 12 February 1894

DEATH OF MR RICHARD

RUNDLE. Another of our oldest and most respected settlers passed away quietly from amongst us on Saturday night, at tho ripe age of over 87 years. Mr Richard Rundle, who, as a pioneer, colonial trader, and contractor, was made of the same stuff as those who founded the Republic of America. He was born in the village of Werrington, near Launceston, Cornwall, on September 26th, 1800, and had, therefore entered his eighty-eighth year. He learnt the trade of carpenter and wheelwright in the village of Claw ton, North Devon. Here, he married the eldest daughter of the late Mr John Veale, who was also one of the pioneers of this settlement. On March. 25, 1841, in company with his father-in-law, and a large number of Holdsworfchy folk, with the late Captain King, R.N., at their head, he sailed with his wife in the ship Amelia Thompson for their new home, iv Now Zealand, which was then a perfect terra incognita, and arrived off the Sugarloaves on September Ist, the same year. Immediately on landing, Mr Rundle started working at Ins trade, and, with Mr Oxenham, built for the late Mi- Richard Brown, the first wooden general store erected in New Plymouth. This store stood close under Mt. Eliot, about where the horso trough now stands. In 184.3,, Mr Rundle designed and built the Alpha flour mills.'" The remains, of the first flour mill erected in Taranaki, are still to be seen immediately below Mr Bauchope's residence, on the Carrington Road. On completion of the mill, Mr Rundle entered into partnership with the late Mr Samuel Oliver, as miller, the latter conducting the milling business, and Mr Rundle carrying on his trade as builder, &c. We next hear of him in the whaling trade, having entered into partnership with that historical personage Dickey Barrett, of Moturoa. Mr Richard Brown had also a whaling station there at that time. Mr Rundle was also engaged in farming, having about that period secured what is known as Barrett's reserve, near Ratapihipihi, on the Barrett-road. In April, 1855, the schooner Taranaki, the only vessel ever built in Taranaki was launched at Moturoa, and which was designed by the late Mr Geo. Outfield and built by Messrs Rundle and Clare. On the opening of the Bell Block, Mr Rundle purchased sections there which he occupied and farmed till the outbreak of the Maori war in 1 800, when he joined the mounted volunteers and served with them in all the ar^*>us work of despatch carrying and outpost duty. Some of his companions in the corps were Mr Robert Greenwood, Mr Yems, Mi' Looney, Mr Devenish, and other settlers who have joined the "great majority." Mr Rundle also represented the district of Bell Block in the Provincial Council, which seat he retained for several years, being returned without opposition on different occasions. At the close of the war Mr Rundle turned his attention to bridge building, and no greater credit can be given to the soundness of his work than to say that during the occasional floods which have visited the district where bridges have been constructed by l-ira that not one has given way. He built the Waitara, Waiwakaiho, Waiongona, Oakura, Tapuae, Timaru, and Patea bridges, and a number of smaller ones in this district. His last work in this direction was the erection of the railway bridge across the Wanganui river, which was built in partnership with Mr G. Bassett. Mr Rundle was one of the first members of the New Plymouth Friendly Society, of which he was President for many years. Mr Rundle was a man of untiring energy and industry, and had indomitable pluck, being a man who knew not the meaning of the word "fear." He never was cast down or dejected by adversity or disaster, and was blessed with a constitution of steel.'" He was genial and sociable in his habits, and was liked by all he came in contact with, being generous to a fault. He was a typical colonist of the old times, and we may say that Mr Richard Rnndle's name will ever be linked with the history of the founders of this colony. Death was the result of exhausted nature. Mr Rundle has been an invalid for a long time, and died quietly on Saturday evening, leaving a widow (his second wife) aud five sons and four daugfchers to mourn their loss. Two of his sons, William and Charles, are residents in New Plymouth, Samuel at Bell Block Richard at Waitara George, Palmerston North and John, is away from the colony. His daughters are Mrs Thomas Bayly, Mrs Arthur Bayly, Mrs Pennington of Waitara, and Mrs Harvey, of Wanganui.

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Richard Rundle's Timeline

1806
September 26, 1806
Werrington, Cornwall, England
1829
1829
Age 22
1830
1830
Age 23
1832
1832
Age 25
1833
December 22, 1833
Age 27
Clawton, Devonshire, England
1836
1836
Age 29
Clawton, Devon, England
1894
February 10, 1894
Age 87
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
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