Story: Inheritance

Primogeniture (1st of 2)


Primogeniture means inheritance of the major assets of an estate by the eldest son, to the exclusion of other siblings. John Manson, one of the men sitting in the horse-drawn gig in this photo taken around 1894, was the eldest of nine siblings. He inherited the Cluny Park Station homestead in Manawatū when his father William Manson (standing on the verandah) died.

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Ann Dupuis, 'Inheritance - Inheritance matters', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Ann Dupuis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 Oct 2018