The Otaki grave of pioneer founder of Featherstone … who lived to 110
He was born in Stratford, England, in 1807, lived to the age of 110 in NZ after many extraordinary adventures, and was buried in the Otaki Cemetery.
Wikipedia describes him this way: ‘Henry Burling (1 May 1801–17 September 1911) was a New Zealand mail carrier and farmer. He was born in Stratford, Essex, England on 1 May 1801 to Thomas Burling, a soap maker, and Joanna Pike.
Henry Burling carried mail by foot between Wellington and Wanganui. In doing so he had many dealings with the Maori in the area. In particular Te Rangihaeata.
The long-lived pioneer
Plenty of accounts of his work and energy, and amazing health and fitness can be found online, and in a biography of him.