Over the years, Thomas acquired a farm consisting of small pockets of land, many of them previously owned by goldminers. He supplied meat and groceries to section owners, and if their accounts remained unpaid, he bought them out... It pays to pay your bill at Kinross! He eventually owned at least half the land between the Kinross store and the Nevis Bluff.
Thomas Kinross acted as postmaster at Gibbston for 51 years and passed away in 1921, aged 86. He is buried in Arrowtown cemetery alongside Helen and most of their family. From the 11 children there were only 3 grandchildren, and none of them carried on the Kinross name.
From the moment you first arrive at Kinross Cottages, this pioneering history is all around you. We are privileged to have access to the Kinross family history and many family photos, diaries and treasures, because of the generosity of the Blackman family. They, along with the Mutch family, are the great grandchildren of Thomas and Helen Kinross.