Author(s): David Gee
George Henry Moore was born in the Isle of Man in 1812 and, when still a young man, went farming in Tasmania. He married the boss?s daughter but the marriage failed quickly and he came to New Zealand to look for cheap land. He took advantage of an offer by the Governor, Sir George Grey, to buy land around Ashburton and at Waipara, North Canterbury, with a Tasmanian partner.
That was in the early 1850s - by the 1880s Moore had acquired huge land holdings and was declared to be the richest farmer in New Zealand. He made headlines along the way: for the biggest find of moa bones in New Zealand on his Glenmark station, for turning down a swagger who asked for help only to shoot himself, and then for building a lavish mansion on his Glenmark station. He was also in court for allowing his sheep to run free with the disease called scab and he appeared in a seduction case. Moore?s only daughter married in secret late in life to defy her father but her happiness was short lived.
When Moore died he left a smaller estate than was expected and his will was contested in court. Despite all this he was a man of some mystery - as was daughter Annie who inherited all the Glenmark money, making her possibly the wealthiest woman in the country. The Glenmark station is much, much smaller than in its heyday but today it?s surrounded by successful vineyards in the Waipara Valley.
Chapter 1: A Man of Stature, Chapter 2: Kermodes and Moore, Chapter 3: Surveys the Land, Chapter 4: Bodies and Scots, Chapter 5: Moa Bones for the World, Chapter 6: Money, money, Chapter 7: Befitting His Position, Chapter 8: Land for Sale, Chapter 9: Woman of Mystery, Chapter 10: Memorial for Two Men, Chapter 11: Remembering Moore, End Notes, Bibliography, Appendix, Map of Glenmark, Index, About the Authors.