WILLIAM HENRY CUTTEN
|Burial register ID:||3843|
|Cause of death:||Unknown|
|Date of death:||30-Jun-1883|
|Date of burial:||04-Jul-1883|
In Memory of
William Henry Cutten
Born 10th April 1822
Died 30th June 1883
Also his beloved Wife
Born 18th Jan 1827
Died 24th Sept. 1918
Beloved 3rd Daughter of Above
Born 13th April 1860
Died 16th Sept. 1916
Beloved 5th Son of the above
Born 7th July 1862
Died 13th July 1917
William Henry Cutten (1822-1883).
A pioneer settler of the ideal type, he was a man who brought capital, business ability, and public spirit. He first set up in Dunedin as an auctioneer offering essential imports, following his father’s line of business in London. Not surprisingly, with his abilities, he made a meteoric rise in the settlement. His letters show him to have an unusual literary penchant, which led to his being presented with the property and running of the Otago Witness in October 1851. He set up the printing press in his auction rooms on the foreshore. Then he and Julius Vogel launched the first daily paper in New Zealand, the Otago Daily Times, on 15 November 1861.
W.H. Cutten was born on 10 April 1822, the eighth of nine children of Charles Cutten and Rebecca Davis. He accompanied Captain Cargill as a cabin passenger on the John Wickliffe. On 14 March 1850, Cutten married Christina Dorothea, Captain Cargill’s eldest daughter. They first lived in a wooden house at the foot of Stuart St. This proved to be a damp area, near the tidal flats, and polluted by a leaking drain from the first hospital on the west side of the Octagon. Nonetheless it was a valuable central city property. Cutten’s rural land also paid him well, as it became the site for a township.
In 1861 Cutten shifted his family across the harbour, and up to a small house in the area which is now Sunshine. He set about building the fine house on the crest of the hill, called Belmont, which stands today at the top of Belmont Lane.
Cutten was elected to the Otago Provincial Council in September 1853, and in October he and John Cargill were members of the General Assembly at Auckland. He was Commissioner of Crown Lands for Otago until 1867 when the qualified surveyor, LT. Thomson, took over. From 1853 to 1863 he was Provincial Treasurer, and he was in Donald Reid’s executive. In 1873 he retired for a return visit to England and on returning was a member of Parliament for Taieri 1878-79. He was on the University Council from 1871 until his death on 30 June 1883.
Cutten was remarkable in that he could advance policies, contrary to those Cargill advocated, without damage to his relationship as a son-in-law. He was always a sympathetic listener and extended himself to the townspeople.
The roles which Cutten played, especially establishing an outspoken and fair newspaper, mark him out as one of the founders of the Otago Province.
Knight, Hardwicke, ‘Cutten, William Henry (1822 – 1883)’. Southern People. A Dictionary of Otago Southland Biography. Longacre Press: Dunedin. 1998. 115 – 116.
Mr William CuttenSource: Hocken Library Uare Taoka o Hakena University of Otago Dunedin E2539/11
|Surname||First names||Age||Date of death||Date of burial|
|CUTTEN||CATHERINE MAY||80 Years||08-May-1950||10-May-1950|
|CUTTEN||CHRISTINA DOROTHEA||91 Years||24-Sep-1918||27-Sep-1918|
|CUTTEN||WILLIAM HENRY||61 Years||30-Jun-1883||04-Jul-1883|