Soldiers Road, Akitio

The story

Soldiers Road, Akitio

Reason for the name

Land on this road was balloted to returned WW1 soldiers on 18 May 1920 who afterwards settled there.

Soldiers Road, Akitio, Tararua District.  -40.482161, 176.373386

Follow state Highway 52 towards Wimbledon from Dannevirke for about 50 kilometres before coming to Esdaile road; follow until you reach Soldiers Road, the second road on the right. From Akitio find Glen Ora Road heading back towards Waione until you reach Soldiers Road on the left.  Soldiers Road is a no exit road.

 

Author: Alex Lewis

The Discharged Soldiers Settlement Act 1915.  

 Balloting of this land was authorised by this Act. It contained comprehensive and generous provisions for the settlement of returned soldiers on the land. Extensive powers of purchase were given to the Land Purchase Board, which could acquire land compulsorily, if necessary. Appropriations made by Parliament made just before the general election in 1919, authorized no less than £12½ million pounds ($25m), in addition to a previous authority of £1½ million pounds ($3m), to be advanced in connection with land settlement for soldiers, and it was estimated that a million pounds ($2m) a month was required for this purpose. In addition, the Government had authority to spend £2m per annum ($4m or say $40m in 2015 dollars) on the purchase of land for settlement by returned soldiers.

Advances were made to assist settlers taking up land under the provisions of this Act for the purchase of stock and implements, or for effecting improvements. These advances were secured by a current account mortgage and bill-of-sale; and interest at five per cent was charged on advances made. Under the regulations the maximum amount that could be advanced was £500 ($1,000), but in special cases this was increased to £750; while in the case of bush land amounts up to £1,250 ($2,500) could be advanced.

A variety of tenures was provided by this Act, including the ordinary power of purchase for cash, by deferred payments for twenty years, and a renewal lease with purchasing clause. The ordinary tenures of the Land Act were also available.

In order to prevent trafficking in land it was provided that no soldier could transfer land acquired under the Discharged Soldiers Settlement Act for a period of 10 years.

The programme was generally subject to much criticism with many failed farms[1]

Successful Applicants for the Akitio Block

The Balloted Section

The Ballot Winners As shown in the Embarkation Rolls

Winner's Military Unit As shown in the Embarkation Rolls

Section 1S - 559 acres, 16 applicants,

Beatson George Ross, Porangahau[1] (Woodville)

 

B Company 3rd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade

Section 2S - 557 acres,14 applicants,

22512 Sergeant Henry James Tattersall, Palmerston North[2]

B Company, Wellington Infantry Battalion

Section 3S - 551 acres, 10 applicants

11/446 Trooper Daniel McKeenan (shown as McKeeman in published result), Palmerston North[3]

Wellington Mounted Rifles

Section 5S - 336(?) acres, 6 applicants

7/461 Trooper Michael McGrath, Lower Hutt[4]

Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Section 6S - 583 acres, 5 applicants

? 2/2122 Bombardier John Henry Ford, Wellington[5]

 

29797 Lance Corporal John Windsor Luxton, Spreydon, Christchurch [6]

(tenants in common)

Field Artillery

 

D Company, Otago Infantry Battalion

Section 7S, 635 acres, 3 applicants

20/10 Trooper Joseph Cox, Hawarden, Canterbury[7]

Mounted Infantry, Samoa Contingent



[1] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. 24: 9 

[2] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. 52: 7

[3] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer, Page No: 456

[4] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. Page No: 449 

[5] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer.  Page No: 238

[6] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer.43: 12A

[7] New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. Vol1: 157 



[1] NZETC The War Effort of New Zealand Chapter 10, Repatriation, by W.H. Montgomery

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