Death has claimed still another worthy pioneer in the person of Mrs Helen M. Elliot, who passed away at Nevis on Tuesday morning at the advanced age of 81 years. In 1889 they acquired the Nevis Hotel property, but two years later the deceased lady had the misfortune to lose her husband, and she controlled the hotel until 1905, when she disposed of the property. Deceased is survived by three of a family of five daughters (Mrs Scott, Mrs E. M'Nulty, and Mrs J. Ritchie, Nevis), and claimed 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The merino wool obtained from New Zealand is fine in quality and soft to handle. Fomerly, considerable quantities of merino wool were grown, but with the development of the refrigerator and the meat trade attention was profitably turned to crossbred sheep for mutton and wool.’’— ODT, 25.3.1920.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 15:22 UTC