The Remarkable Daniel O’Reilly, Born Skibbereen, Shipwrecked, Mining Prospector Australia, Sheep Farmer, Hotel Owner, Magistrate Hastings New Zealand. Died Cork 1934
Daniel O’Reilly, Magistrate, Hastings New Zealand, Born Skibbereen area, mining prospector Australia 1880s, substantial property owner Australian and New Zealand. Retired to Cork died 1934.
MR. DANIEL O’REILLY, proprietor of the Hastings Hotel, is a native of Cork, Ireland, and came to New Zealand in the year 1878, by the ship “City of Auckland,” which was wrecked on the Otaki beach. Mr. O’Reilly lost all his possessions. and was conveyed with other passengers to Napier by the Government steamer “Hinemoa.” He energetically set to work to make the best of bad fortune, and obtained agricultural employment, at which he continued for six years. He removed to Hastings in 1885, started a boot and shoe shop, and carried on that business successfully for three years, when he sold it to the Egmont Boot Factory Company, of New Plymouth. Mr. O’Reilly then opened a drapery business, which he disposed of three years later to considerable advantage, and in 1892 bought an interest in the Hastings Hotel. He owns a fine little farm of about ten acres, from which the hotel table is supplied with fruit, vegetables, and poultry; and he also owns a large block of land opposite the railway, on which he has erected five large shops. In politics Mr. O’Reilly is a liberal. He has been a member of the Hibernian Society for many years, and of the Napier Park and Hastings Trotting Clubs, Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and Hastings Bowling Club. In 1887 Mr. O’Reilly married Miss Julia O’Neill, and has two children
THE HASTINGS HOTEL (Daniel O’Reilly, proprietor), corner of Heretaunga and Railway Streets, Hastings. Telephone, 190. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. This hotel is a large two-storeyed building, situated in the centre of the town, and near the railway station, post office, and other public buildings. It contains on the upper floor about thirty bedrooms, a ladies’ drawing-room, and a number of private sitting-room, all furnished in first-class style. On the ground floor is the dining-room (capable of accommodating ninety guests), commercial and billiard rooms, and six sitting-rooms. The house is much resorted to by country settlers, tourists and the general travelling public. The whole domestic arrangements are under the immediate supervision of Mrs. O’Reilly.
Mr. D. O’Reilly.