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Gunner Dobson

Among the recent arrivals at the Wairarapa Archive have been papers from the family of early pakeha settler George Smith.

Smith, who farmed to the east of Masterton before settling in the town in the 1870s, had four children – two sons, two daughters.  The unmarried daughters Margaret and Gladys, befriended a Wellington-based  World War One soldier, William Dobson, who sent them a variety of cartoons from Featherston Military Training Camp, and from his service overseas.  Dobson survived the war and became a successful tiler and, in the words of his son, a “frustrated cartoonist”.