Masterton Golden Shears


Wairarapa’s largest town, 105km north-west of Wellington. Each year the town hosts the international shearing competition, the Golden Shears. Masterton was founded in 1854 by the Small Farms Association. The association was led by Joseph Masters—after whom the town was named—and aimed to settle working people in villages and on the land. The Chamberlain Family moved from Wellington to settle here prior to 1858. At first Masterton grew slowly, but as its farming hinterland became more productive it began to prosper. In the 1870s it overtook Greytown as Wairarapa’s major town. It was reached by the railway line from Wellington in 1880. This cemented the town’s position as the region’s main market and distribution centre. 

Masterton Golf Course

Situated on the Waipoua river, sixty-seven miles north-east from Wellington, Masterton is the chief town of the Wairarapa, and is in the county of Masterton. The surrounding country is level and undulating, and well suited for grazing, dairying, and mixed farming purposes. Masterton has two daily newspapers, a post and telegraph and money order office, four branch banks, two clubs, a museum, a district high school, a technical school, a large number of fine business premises, gasworks, several good hotels, and a number of handsome private residences. The churches are represented by the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan denominations, besides a strong detachment of the Salvation Army. The industries of the town include a fellmongery, creamery, flour mills, saw — mills, cordial factories, sash and door factories, cement and pipe factory, engineering works, and coach and carriage factories. Grape growing and wine making is a growing industry, and there is also a large bee farm at Kuripuni. The town is well laid out, the streets are wide, and the centre of the town is a rectangle. Queen street, which is the principal business thoroughfare, has some fine shops, hotels, and other buildings, which present a good appearance. The recreation ground, or public park, occupies a reserve of about twenty-eight acres. The grounds are well laid out, prettily planted, and comprise a fine artificial lake. A few acres of the recreation reserve are cut off for the cemetery, in which there are many handsome monuments bearing the names of early settlers, prominent among them being that of Mr. Joseph Masters, described as “one of the founders of Masterton, after whom the town was named.” There is an important public body in Masterton, known as the Town Lands Trust, which was established by the early settlers for the advancement of education and other public affairs. The town possesses a hospital, acknowledged to be one of the most complete and best managed country hospitals in the Dominion. Adjacent to the town are the fish ponds and hatcheries of the Wellington Acclimatisation Society, and from these hatcheries trout are distributed throughout New Zealand and to the Australian States. Visitors are admitted to inspect these ponds and hatcheries every day, except Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. There is splendid trout fishing in the Waipoua, Ruamahanga, and Waingawa rivers, which are close to the town. The roads around and throughout the whole of the Wairarapa are excellent for cycling. Coaches run north-east to Taueru, Carswells, Tenui, Whakataki, Castle Point, Blairlogie station, Kohiwai, Riversdale, Waikaratei, and Homewood; and south to Carterton and Greytown. There is an Agricultural and Pastoral Association in Masterton, the show of which is held in October. 

Queen Elizabeth Park

Open: The People You Meet on the Way to Masterton 
(People you meet on the way to Masterton)


 Historical Family
1. Ancient Beginnings
2. English Family
3. Parliamentary
4. Coming to N.Z.
 Persons of Renown
Sir John & Sir William Chamberlayne
Sir Roger Chamberlayne
Sir Leonard Chamberlain
Sir Thomas Chamberlayne I
Sir Thomas Chamberlayne II
Major Thomas Chamberlain III
Edward Chamberlayne
Thomas Pardoe
John Chamberlain
Gen. Joshua Chamberlain
Col. Thomas Chamberlain IV
Henry Bowland
Joseph Chamberlain
Giles E. Chamberlain
Sir Austen Chamberlain
Neville Chamberlain
Gertrude (Burford) Rawlings
Isaac Sykes
Owen Chamberlain
Robert E. (Bob) Chamberlain
 Particular Places
County Down
Preston Capes
Woodford Halse
 Supplements, Historic, Biblical
Mail Box
The Reason Why?
Destiny's Lodestone
The Feud For Zion
What A Difference A Name Makes
 No Simple Passage
 Preston Capes
 Wilton Family
 Genealogy Software
No Simple Passage
The Journey of the "London" and her passengers from England to New Zealand in 1842. Thomas & Susannah Chamberlain, together with their four children sailed aboard the London on this voyage to Port Nicholson. The author is Jenny Robin Jones a descendant of one of the passengers. The book was published in 2011 by Random House ISBN 978 1 86979 510 8
Wiltons Galore

The Pioneer Story of Robert Wilton and Elizabeth Denman from Montacute, Somerset, England and continued through their children and grand-children in New Zealand. Mary Wilton married Arthur Joseph Chamberlain, and this is the story & record of her family.
This book was compiled by descendant Jo Wilton and published in 2007 by Colin Watson & Colin Liddell
ISBN 978 0 473 11318 6

Petticoat Pioneers
Petticoat Pioneers 

Stories of New Zealand's North Island women of the colonial pioneering era compiled and recorded for us by author Miriam Macgregor. Two of the women featured in this book are Susannah Catherine (Bull) Chamberlain and her daughter -in-law (Catherine McKenzie) Kitty Chamberlain.
This book was published in 1973 by A.H.& A.W. Reed, Wellington, New Zealand.
ISBN 0 589 00771 8

Paddy the Wanderer
Paddy the Wanderer 

The true story of an Airedale dog who captured the heart of the city of Wellington during the dark days of depression. Also captured here is Paddy's association with Blue Taxicab manager, Merlin Chamberlain. The author is Dianne Haworth, a dog-lover and editor of Animal's Voice, who lives and works in Auckland.
The book was published in 2007 by HarperCollins NZ.
ISBN 978 1 86950 625 4

On the Trail of
Parker & Walker

Parker-Walker Families

This 2015 self-published family history has been put together by Marjorie Prictor on the trail of Parker and the Walker families who came to New Zealand in the 1860s. Marjorie is a descendant still living in the Northland district of Port Albert where each of these families settled.

Douglas Family Reunion

A family history of the Douglas Family in Australia, compiled in 1981 for a family reunion by sisters Grace Douglas & Rosalie Vanstan of Bendigo, Victoria.
Downloadable as file-093 from the Supplements Page.