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Bousfield, Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe

Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield
b: 1831
d: 19 MAY 1882
Te Mata Estate
Te Mata Estate’s striking Woodthorpe Vineyard is an historic Hawkes Bay property (dating back to the 1850’s) that is uniquely positioned for fine wine growing. Cradled within sheltering hills, Woodthorpe is a north-facing series of elevated, free draining terraces, projecting above the Tutaekuri river valley.
Originally a colonial settlement, militia encampment and staging post, it was home to the annual Woodthorpe Races between 1863 and 1914.
Woodthorpe takes its name from Henry Woodthorpe, Clerk of the City of London from 1801 to 1825. His portrait hangs in the ballroom of the Mayors residence, the Mansion House, in the City. Apart from one other holder of the office, he was succeeded by his son and his grandson. Wooodthorpe was the patron of a family called Bousfield, their son Octavius Bousfield had the name "Woodthorpe" as his middle name. After coming to New Zealand he was appointed the Crown Surveyor to Hawkes Bay. Woodthorpe purchased this spectacular property overlooking the Tutaekuri River in the early 1850s and as a mark of respect named it after the family patron, Woodthorpe.
Vine planting began in 1994, and today Woodthorpe is a 210-hectare vineyard producing five, single vineyard designated wines that represent the best of these classic Hawkes Bay varieties
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Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield (a brother of Bishop Bousfield of Pretoria) made his home in Hawke''s Bay in 1850, and entered the service of the State as a surveyor. He began the survey of the Porangahau block (130,000 acres) in 1855. Then he took up Woodthorpe station. In 1869 he moved to Poverty Bay to carry out the survey of the southern boundary of the site for Gisborne township. He was also responsible for the survey of the external boundaries of Patutahi block. His death occurred on 19 May 1882.
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Hawkes Bay Herald 2 January 1858
Assis. Surveyor.- O. L. W. Bousfield

Marriage Details
1860/2914, Bride: Anne Davis, Groom: Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield

Hawkes Bay Herald 21 November 1865
Enquire at Mr. Lynson''s Office,
Shakespeare Road.
Native Surveys Carefully Executed.

Hawkes Bay Herald 28 November 1865
A Fine Lot of Mixed Cattle
Apply to
O. L. W. Bousfield,

Hawke''s Bay Herald 27 June 1868
query Bonsfield

Hawke''s Bay Herald 4 August 1868
NEW INSOLVENT.- Mr. O. L. W. Bousfield has filed a declaration of insolvency.

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Daily Southern Cross 23 June 1869
On May 27, at Poverty Bay, the wife of O. L. W. Bousfield, Esq., of a son.

Hawke''s Bay Herald 12 October 1869
BOUSFIELD.- At Poverty Bay, on 4th August, Edward Westrup Woodbine, infant son of O. L. W. Bousfield, Esq., aged two months and six days.

Poverty Bay Herald 10 March 1881
In Bankruptcy

Poverty Bay Herald 20 May 1882
BOUSFIELD.- On May 19th, at the Poverty Bay Hospital, Octavius Laws Woodthorpe Bousfield, late of Hawkes'' Bay, aged 51.
The funeral will leave the Hospital for the Cemetery at 3 p.m. to-morrow (Sunday). Friends will please accept this intimation.
It is with a feeling of the most profound regret we are called upon to place on record the untimely death of Mr. 0. L. W. Bousfield, one among our oldest, most valued, and most respected settlers The sad, untoward event happened yesterday afternoon at Makaraka. Mr. Bousfield in his usual cheerful spirits, mounted as he always was on a fine staunch horse, himself the best of horsemen, rode from town to Makaraka, where he had occasion to dismount for a few minutes. On remounting, and before he was quite settled in his saddle, the horse swerved, became restive, threw out his legs and in a second as it were, in the twinkling of an eye, the rider was thrown violently on his head to the ground He was at once carried into the Roseland Hotel, while a mounted messenger was despatched for Dr. Pollen and Burton, who were promptly in attendance. But no earthly ministrations could avail. Mr. Bousfield was not conscious from the moment he received the fatal fall until he expired last night at the hour of midnight, at the Poverty Bay Hospital, where he was taken. The immediate cause of death was concussion of the brain. The deceased was a gentleman in the most comprehensive sense the term can be used. He was a gentleman by birth, by education, and in his way of life and thought. He is a brother of Bishop Bousfield, of Pretoria, South Africa. Much beloved by wife and family; much esteemed by his more intimate friends; much respected by all, the death of our old, generous hearted, kindly-intentioned, social and most hospitable settler will be greatly felt by the large circle to whom he was known, and by whom he was looked up to as an authority in very many matters in which differences of opinion existed. The deceased gentleman was 51 years of age he possessed a magnificent physique and did not look his age by a full decade. We have no doubt but that the funeral cortege will comprise a large following of mourners, deep in their sorrow for losing one they had so long been with in friendly association. The deceased was a very old settler in New Zealand, having arrived about the year 1850, and was for a very long period identitied with the Hawkes'' Bay Province, where he has numerous friends who share our regret at his loss. The funeral leaves the Hospital for the Makaraka Cemetery at 3 p.m. to-morrow..

Poverty Bay Herald 30 January 1893
BOUSFIELD.- At Gisborne, on January 30th 1893, Annie Bousfield, aged 64. [The funeral will leave her late residence, Upper Gladstone road, at 3 p.m., to-morrow (Tuesday). Friends please accept this intimation.]
One of Gisborne''s oldest residents passed peacefully away at 9 o''clock this morning. We refer to Mrs Bousfield, who is so well known throughout the district. The deceased lady came here about the year 1865, and was one of those who had to take refuge in the old stockade (now occupied by Mr Dalrymple and Messrs Archibald Clark & Co.) at the time of the Te Kooti massacre. For some time past Mrs Bousfield has been ailing. The news of her death will be received with regret by her very large circle of friends. Mrs Bousfield was the mother of Mr H. Davis, Mrs Charles Evans, Mrs Luttrell, and of Mr Fred Bousfield, residents in this district.

Poverty Bay Herald 6 February 1893
ANY PERSONS having Accounts against the late Mrs Bousfield are requested to send them to J. TOWNLEY, not later than the 15th FEBRUARY, and he will pay them.
February 3rd, 1893.
  • 1831 - Birth -
  • 19 MAY 1882 - Death -
Family Group Sheet - Child
MOctavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield
Death19 MAY 1882
Marriage1860to Ann Davis
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield
Death19 MAY 1882
Marriage1860to Ann Davis
PARENT (F) Ann Davis
Death30 JAN 1893
Marriage1860to Octavius Lawes Woodthorpe Bousfield
Marriageto Unknown Davis
MEdmund Woodthorpe Ridings Bousfield
Marriage5 JUL 1883to Sarah Elizabeth Fearn at Rissington
MFrederick Brougham Whitmore Bousfield
Marriage1897to Isabelle Airey Richardson
MEdward Westrup Woodbine Bousfield
Birth27 MAY 1869
Death4 AUG 1869
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