Timaru Herald - 26 April 1925
On Anzac Day, 1925, there passed away at Nelson another of
South Canterbury's pioneers in the person of Mrs William Howes, age 74 years.
The late Mrs Howes, left Plymouth in December 1874 in the sailing vessel
'Atrata,' the largest sailing vessel to have left for New Zealand up to that
time. She left with 1000 immigrants aboard. So great was the crowd that she had
to be doubled-officed. Mr and Mrs Howes losing their first born in sight of New
Zealand. Twenty-two children died. On 21 June 1875, they landed in surf-boats at
Timaru after a rough voyage lasting six months. Mr and Mrs Howes found
employment with the late Mr Barker at Orari, afterwards going to Pleasant Point,
and from there to Te Moana, then known as Rhubarb Flat. After 25 years at Te
Moana, the family took up a sheep run at Takaka, Nelson, returning to Tahuna,
The deceased lady is survived by her husband and family. The latter consists of three sons and four daughters. Those residing in South Canterbury being Mr Victor Howes, Chamberlain, Albury Mr Chris Howes, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie and Mrs Rowan also of Fairlie.