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Does anybody know?
My Great Grandfather: Robert Brass of Ahipara, Ngatimoetonga. Died aged 37 in 1934 of TB after year long illness with Pleurisy.
Robert was a Gumdigger at Ahipara, I think he invented the Kauri Gum Washing/Cleaning Machine. There is a photo of the machine, along with a brother of Roberts’ in the Kaitaia Museum. He was in the Army, The Maori Battalion I think. He married Alma Brass (nee Kilgour) and they had four children: Logan, Thelma, Elizabeth & Eupheemia (Pheem). They lived in a tin shed on the Gumfields until Roberts’ death, when Alma took her children and moved to Auckland to find work.
Robert Brass’ Parents were: FATHER:- Paraihe Matai of Whangape, Ngatiwaiora. MOTHER:- Mere Rapata Paraihe of Ahipara, Ngatimoetonga.
Roberts’ daughter Elizabeth is my Nan, unfortunately she died when my Mum was almost 13 years of age and alot of whanau connections and history was lost. We have one photo of Robert Brass in his uniform, but no other pictures.
Any information would be a great help.
Ka Kite Ano