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‘Father of Tamahere’ signs in

Apr 17th, 2016 | By

A small, peeling plaque at the gate of a local property is one of the last remaining signs of some of the earliest European settlement of Tamahere.

The plaque is emblazoned with the word, Wartle, the name given by a pioneer Scot, Patrick Leslie, to the grand, 14 room homestead and substantial 625 ha (1544 acre) farm he established there in the late 1800s. It earned him the title ‘Father of Tamahere’.

But when archeologists went digging recently for signs of the homestead, its extensive grounds and many farm buildings they came up short.