Tourists arrived at Wairere Boulders in 1851
English survey ship “Pandora”
was charting the New Zealand coast in 1851.
Pandora officers, attracted by descriptions of the Wairere Valley,
strewn with its great rocks, proceeded there.
They found William ‘a very respectable young Scotch man residing
at the village’, cleaning up his neglected garden and finishing the
building of his house.
He was also finding time to build a large organ, of all things, in
this howling wilderness of rocks and forest.
…… He was cutting and polishing the ivory for the keys himself
and the whole work was about half completed