New Zealand Herald 4th July 1917 page 8 : MR. S. HAGUE SMITH:
A well-known citizen of Auckland in the early days died recently in
Sydney in the person of Mr. S. Hague Smith. With his brother, Mr.
John Hague Smith, the late Mr. Smith had a large hardware business in
this city. They came from Grantham, Lincolnshire, England in the ship
Mataoka, in 1859. When the Thames goldfields were discovered, the
late Mr. Smith ran a service of steamers between Auckland and Thames,
the two vessels employed for the purpose being the paddle steamers
Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince Alfred. Some years ago Mr. Smith was
the Sydney representative of the New Zealand Insurance Company. Until
quite lately he was Sydney manager for the Colonial Mutual Fire
Insurance Company. - Auckland Star 20th November 1907 page 6
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Samuel Hague-Smith was born in Loncolnshire, England in 1930.
Smith fought during the Maori wars and was rewarded with a block
of land on Auckland's waterfront at Northcote. He arrived in New
Zealand in 1859 and established himself as an Ironmonger and
shipowner based in Auckland.
He minted the first pennies. The Museum Victoria catalogue gives
an approximate year of issue for his tokens as c.1862.
He moved to Sydney in 1872 and lived at “Sherbourne”. Nelson
In 1890 he was a manager in New Zealand Insurance Company, Sydney
He became a director of the Colonial Mutual Life Insurance
He died in Sydney June 20 1917 at “Craigmyle”, Burns
road,Wahroonga, NSW, Australia