The following account is genuine. It is not made up therefore it is not fiction.
My grandmother was an old Maori lady. She died well over 130 years after her grandfather. Now generally speaking one might expect to due 50 years after ones grsndparents taking into account a generation being 25 years.
My grandmother told me about her grandfather as related to her by her mother, who if course knew her father well and what he did and what he was up to.
Now the gentleman in question would therefore be my great great grandfather.
This story I have probably related on the earlier paydirt site and definitely on 'Treasurenet’
His name is readily researchable, James Saunders-Loder otherwise known as Jimmy the Needle.
He was in Preservation Inlet and lived variously in Waikouaiti, Moeraki and on the banks of the Waitaki River.
He was known to be very frugal or ‘cute, sharp and sly’ in his dealings.
My grandmother told me this account as related to her by her mother.
" When my father died (drowned in 1862) we all knew that he had hidden his money as there were no banks. He would take it away secretly and bury it but he did keep a full record of how much he had. When he died his ready cash was found in a wall but never the main lot. He always saved his money in the form of gold coins and his records showed that the total came to ten thousand pounds.No one found it and it lies to this day buried somewhere not too far from where he lived"
This account was kept quite secret by the family for all those years but now it all seems so pointless and therefore I have related it for others.