Benjamin John Darcy Kemp (1832 – 1918)
The first Kemp to arrive in New Zealand and take up land in the new colony.
Every story requires a beginning… and every kid knows that the best ones always start with “Once apon a time…”
When it involves a large family, each section usually has a slightly different view of where the beginning and the focus ought to be. At the same time, there are often differing interpretations of each of the disparate pieces of the jigsaw puzzle.
To generate a helpful coverage of the family story, accommodating multiple facets makes sense;
So let’s focus on the lives of the first pioneers and settlers in our family who came to wild and distant New Zealand as the new colony began. Let’s tell the stories of those rugged individuals and their exploits in the early days of NZ settlement, in a way that provides interesting reading for younger generations of descendants.
The insights into the lives of the first of our family lines should include where they came from, and when they came together, and the hazards they faced along the way. At the same time, weaving the stories into a traditional family tree that other people can tap into makes perfect sense.
The stories of the principal actors in those early days can easily be contained within – with surnames like Abbot & Colville, Hill & Fairhall, Kemp & Woolhouse, in locations such as Hokitika, Kokatahi and Te Kinga...
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