Peter De Loree
(c. 1822 - 1900)
Hotel keeper at Weatherstons and excellent swordsman,
Otago Witness, Issue 1176, 13 June 1874, Page 7
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West Coast Times, Issue 1539, 2 September 1870, Page 3
Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXXI, Issue 70422, 24 August 1900, Page 2
September 24. — In one of your Christchurch contemporaries of September 5, the death is announced of Mr P. De Loree, while playing a game of draughts m the Kumara Public Hall. He was playing for Mangutamoka against Mr Gain, of Kumara, when he died. Mr De Loree was a resident of Wetherstones in the sixties, being owner of the Ballarat Hotel. He was married twice, and had three children, two girls and a boy, by his first wife, who died while in the hotel, and was buried at Lawrence, His second wife died on the West Coast without issue. Mrs P. Duffy, sister of the first Mrs De Loree, is living at Tuapeka West. When Mr De Loree sold out of the hotel he took up some land at Wetherstones (now owned by Mr J. Pearson), and built a house on it. He was the first to bring a cab into the district, running it between Lawrence and Wetherstones. Some time afterwards he sold out both land and cab, and went to the West Coast. He was a good swordsman and draughts player. There are some old miners of that time here yet who fancied themselves draughts players, but they had no chance with him. He and his son were around this way a few years ago with a magic lantern entertainment, and he was quite affected at the decadence of Wetherstones. He was 79 years of age when he died.
Otago Witness, Issue 2428, 26 September 1900, Page 33