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Edward Logie

Edward Logie, son of Charles and Eleanor Logie, was born of a family of 11 children at Nelson, New Zealand in 1846. The family moved to Dunedin in 1852 and Edward was educated at Port Chalmers and Otago Boys' High School. He became a competent carpenter and bridge builder and helped to build the first Customs House at Bluff.

He came to Fortrose about 1875 and was engaged s a road inspector mostly. In 1878 he married Elizabeth Wybrow, widow of Captain James Wybrow and they moved to Waikaia as Inspector of Roads and Bridges. They later returned to Fortrose and bought a small farm known as "The Gums" about two and a half miles from the Fortrose township.

Edward and Elizabeth had four daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs. A. McEwan), Helenor (Mrs. Paterson). Helenor died at an early age leaving six children, five of whom went to live for a time with Edward and two of his daughters at "The Gums". The home was small but did have attic rooms and was well known for the "Whatta" (Futta) which nestled amongst the fruit trees and old fashioned flowers. The walls were made of rushes, the roof thatched and a hard mud floor. It was used as a store house. Just how long it had been there no one knows, but it was a sturdy little building which lasted a long time.

The two daughters, Mary and Kate who lived on with Edward after the death of Elizabeth in 1894 and the marriages of the rest of the family, milked cows for the Toi Tois Dairy factory, the cans being wheeled out to the roadside in a milk barrow especially made for the journey out.

Edward Logie did not take an active part in local affairs, being content to remain at his farm. Once a month he'd get dressed in his suit and meet the coach at the top of the road to go to Waimahaka and from there, to Invercargill, and home again to in the evening. His grandchildren remember running to meet him as he returned off the coach and seeing dozens of rabbits go scuttling under the gorse hedges. Edward died aged 75 years in 1922 and is buried in Fortrose cemetery.

("A history of Fortrose : toes toes riding the tois tois." by Joan MacIntosh 1924 - Invercargill : Times Printing Service, 1975.)