James Macara was the district’s most famous coach driver and operator. For a time he was in partnership with William Hastwell of Greytown, their stopping place in the bush north of Masterton being known as Hastwell’s Clearing. When the railway arrived in Masterton and demand for coaches diminished, Macara took up farming, and pursued his interest in racing horses. He remained single. The land now occupied by Macara Street was, at one time, the home ground of the Masterton Football Club
Pic: James Macara was a coach driver turned farmer.