George Beetham was a member of the famous Wairarapa farming family whose business interests centred on Brancepeth Station. After the initial breaking in period at Brancepeth, George was not much involved with the day to day running of the farm. He was, however, very interested in politics. He served on the Wellington Provincial Council for a term, then on the General Assembly from 1877 until 1890. George Beetham was an accomplished explorer, and was part of the first party to climb Mount Ruapehu. He retired to London in 1898.