George Augustus Skelton Was born in Chelsea England in circa.1837. He fought in the Crimean War and came to New Zealand with the British Army Medical Corps to fight the Maoris, in the 1860's. Some time later he was allotted a block of land in Smart Road, Fitzroy, New Plymouth and while farming there managed the creamery where people bought their milk to be separated, before the cream was delivered to the Mangorei Co-operative Dairy Co to be made into butter. He retired from the farm and his youngest son Reginald purchased it from him. On his retirement he bought a house in Bell Block and lived with his wife Mere, and horse Dick. His wife died about 1925. Dick's death is not recorded. In 1869 he was described as a storeman, in 1870 a painter, 1872 a labourer, 1875 a farmer. These occupations show on the children's birth certificates and from the number of family and his listed Occupations he was obviously a man of no mean talent. The Bell Block property is opposite the new Kingsdown Subdivision on the first right hand bend past Hulke Terrace on the way to town. The Garage is at the roadside and the house sits in a commanding position on the hill. George died circa 1917.
Father: William SKELTON b: WFT Est. 1787-1816 in England
Mother: Ann ? b: WFT Est. 1796-1819 in England
Marriage 1 Mary COOKE b: BEF. 1840 in New Zealand