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Talk brings pioneering family's history to life

Last updated 05:00 18/07/2013

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The business ventures may have gone but the Stewart name remains in Helensville.

Stewart St near the Grand Hotel is the only physical reminder of the enterprising family in the district.

Glenn Hoare, a Stewart family descendant, will speak about their life and times at the third winter lecture of the Helensville & District Historical Society.

The 2pm event is at St Joseph's Church, Father Sakey Centre in Kowhai St on July 21.

Daniel Stewart was born in Fifeshire, Scotland and came to New Zealand in 1858 on the Joseph Fletcher.

After trying his hand at gold mining and carpentry, he bought land in Helensville and founded a business and family which made the name Stewart famous throughout Kaipara. He opened the first general store in Helensville in 1874.

The Stewarts had five daughters and three sons.

Their strong business nous resulted in timber contracts, shipping, and branch stores all centred in the one-acre block base of Stewart Bros in Helensville.

Afternoon tea is provided with an entry fee.

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