Macdonald Dictionary Record: Thomas Gay

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Thomas Gay. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: 82a G. Gay Capt. Thomas, came to Canty. in '49. C.O. Torlesse men tons him i his ounal. "Capt Gay of the Otley was in Pigeon 1 ay May 49. He with some Lylt. merchants bought the first steamer used in Canty and was very success ful as a coastal trader. He went on a visit to scotland and returned in command of a large passenger ship. In June y he saw a whale if the heads and he succeeded in making fast te it off Kaiapoi . the whale was brought back to Pigeon Bay to be cut up; was hoped to produce £408 worth of oil and bone. Charlotte Godley mentions him ; she says he married the eldest S in clair gorl and that he had returned from a g months whaling voyage bringing curiosities from the Es9i manse in the Behr ing Straits and from the South Sea Islands " the Sequimaure are not even cooking animals " She thought Mrs Gay the incest + the Sinclair gauls. I The Corsair when tied up in a small bay west of Lylt was fouled by the Oneonta which had dragged her anchors in a storn ; the Corsair was ur ecke on the rocks ap. 61 of this bay which has ever since been known as Corsair Bay The small steamer Avon was ass embed there by Grange. Capt Gray brought the Corsi to Lylt. from Melbourne Dec. 57. In 6 she was changed from a brig nt ne to a brie. She was very successful in he short career as a whaler , presumably owing to the ability her captain James Hay : Andersen Place names LT. 23.12.57; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: G. 82a. In 63 , the Sinclair, the father and eldest son having ben drowned in 1845 decided to- lave N.Z. and seek a more spacious home where there was plenty of room the Bassi for all of theme. They bought a barge 3o0 tons which was commanded by Capt Gay and first had a look at vancouver and furs hed inf by buying the w and of Ni.H.r.w being encouraged there to by the chief Kai ch amc a. The Silas being settled, Capt Gay returned in the barque Besie to dispose of her and took a cargo of iles to Auckland. it Auckland he was charged with the serious crime of assault on the high seas. His friend the Hon. Wim Mont gomer went up to And. to testify to his character and a petition for mered was sent from Banks Pen. but Gay was convicted s but not of He d e on his the most serious offence. He died at Newcastle s way back to the Islands. married eldest Sinclair dau. family James a descendant of the Sula who married Knudsen George Herman v. von Holt the largest dairy farmer in the Haw aran Francis group , milking 750 Freda cows wiss visited Canty Eliza. Mar 1952; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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