A centerian —Mr Chas. Hillman—passed away on Thursday at the age of 101 yoars and six months at Gisborne (says the Herald), He was for many years in the employ of Mr K. S. Williams on the East Coast. Mr Hillman had enjoyed fairly good health, having been admitted to the hospital only on the previous Monday. Born at sea on the maiden trip of tho ship Rainbow on the passage from Liverpool to New York on April 13, 1815, Mr Hillman apparently spent his early life in America lie came to New Zealand many years ago in a whaler, and was in the employ of the Williams family for over 30 years. Notwithstanding his great age, Mr Hillman used to occupy his time with light jobs about the homestead at Tuparoa. Prior to settling down on the coast, he worked for Mr Williams's father in iho Bay of Islands, where he was living in the sixties. He also saw service, in tho Maori war, and retained a recollection of much of the fighting. He came of a long-lived family, his father, it is stated, having lived for 110 years.
From Papers Past Otago Daily Times 2 Nov 1916