I’ve been dipping in and out of My Simple Life in New Zealand by Adela Stewart, originally published in 1908 and about her pioneering life at Athenree Homestead, north of Katikati, in the hope of stumbling across a reference to the planting of a fig tree.

No luck so far, but did find this in an entry for 1896:

Having plenty of loquats I made a pie of them – not nice.

Here are some ideas of what to do with loquats that are, presumably, nice; and here’s some growing information from incredible edibles.

The garden I grew up in had a loquat tree and then loquat trees – they seem to grow readily from seed. We sometimes ate them fresh but mostly they were left for the birds and possums.