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Lewis Acker, an early Islander

A very popular local walk, and one most of our guests will enjoy, is out to Ackers Point. This easy walk winds along the south shore of Halfmoon Bay, and a short side walk takes you down to Jensens Bay, where Lewis Acker built a very substantial stone cottage, which still stands today.

Lewis Ackers story is a fascinating one, and although beyond the scope of this blog is well worth reading here. As was often the case in those days, he had a large family, and many of his descendants still live in Southland. And in my early working days I worked with two, Clarry Ackers was head accountant for Forest Service in Invercargill, and Ted, his brother (I think) was an engineer with Gough Bros.

 

Lewis Ackers, Sails Tours, Stewart Island

Ackers “Castle”

Lewis Ackers, Sails Tours, Stewart Island

Interpretive panels explain the history

 

Lewis Ackers, Sails Tours, Stewart Island

Lewis Ackers, Sails Tours, Stewart Island

The cottage was used as a workshop in later years

Lewis Ackers, Sails Tours, Stewart Island

Looking seaward from Ackers Cottage

A New Branch of the Ackers Family

When we built Sails Ashore Iris & I felt the Interior fit out and furnishings was something best left to experts, and so we asked our friend Linda Halstead and Grant Bulling of Ivan Bullings  if they would help. And we recently called on Grant to advise us on some new furnishings for Kowhai Lane. He came across yesterday with his son Pieter, and in the course of conversation told us he was descended from Lewis as well. A Great, Great Grandson.

While Grant & Iris were sorting out what was needed at Kowhai lane I took Pieter, who had never visited the Island before on a short drive around the roads, and then picked up Iris & Grant, and we all went out to Ackers Cottage.