Macdonald Dictionary Record: Joseph Penfound Grossman

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Joseph Penfound Grossman. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: G. 5 GS ross man , Joseph Pen found (1864-1953) d was a son of Joseph Gross man 470 a Polish pedler who lived at Kaiapoi for a time . He never had a sh op but people came to see him at his house or he went to theirs . He Sometimes went about with stock on horse back or in a trap . He was A juveller and watchmaker . His son Joseph P. was b. in N.S.W. and was Educ. first at Kaiapoi where he was top of the school 74-5-6 , and his sister, equally£ e Janet Grace, equally brilliant was top of the girls side. , was He was at X's Coll 78-79 and was head of the school. He a N.Z . Junior Civ. Scholar 79; senior N.Z hiv. Scholar 81 : B.A.N.Z. : M.A '84 (first cass Honors in Latin + English , Pol. science and 2' class Hon ours in Mental sacre) He was at B.H.S.Ch.Ch in '77 and was Head of the School. Su James Hight thought he had perhaps the most brilliant brain ever at X's Col and Canty Coll. He won the Baren Prize Aug. 82. He was appointed Asst. mas ter B.H.S. June '84. He captained the Canty Coll. Cricket I and was a good foot baller as well . Later he became a very good temis player. R.D. Harman a leading tennis player, said that G ross man was the first man to use the volley in Canty. ; he thought he was unlucky not to win a N.Z. Champion ship. X's Coll Sch. hist: Hist. Canty. Coll : Sir James Hight: B.H.S. Jubilee : X's Cole Reg. June '53 LT. 28.2.74 : 8.3.76 : 7.7.80 : 21.2.80 : 30.8.82 : 3.11.82; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: G. 5 J.P. Gros man 7o The first sig n of his unfortunate weakness arose in Sept. 98 when he had ben Allowed to use some Mt Lyall Mine shares to raise money on. He had forged T.S. For ters ani in the course of there dealings . He was at the time a master at B.M.S and a lecturer at Canty Coll atl time. He had recently sold his con side able library. He had also forged Professor Has lais name 4 times on promissory notes and usad them to raise money on. £2000 was involved . He had speculated in Tasman ian Copper Mines and this had been successful . This led to fen ther speculati on s which turned out disastrous. He was found july an i Judge Deniston gave him 2 years. He went to Auck lard after he had served his sentence and wrote in the Star for 8u Gel Lys and dis tinge shed himself. When Auck. liv. formed ed a new chair in history and comics at £700 , he applied for it and got it - about 1905. Unfortunately the same series f events happened a gain. He again forged and again was sentenced. The Star employed him again when he came out and he was sent to Aust. as their correspondent Then he went to London where Sir Arthur Sims befriended him. In appearance he was fair, tall, Jewish . looking . Sir James Hight says that LT. 13.9.98 : 15.11.98 : 20.7.15.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: G. 5 J.P.Grossman '70 as a con versa tion list he was extraordinary - very hunt. He was most successful as a teacher . Sir Arthur Sims was one of his pupils. His father d. 16.3.92 at Brisbane , His mother was a daughter of James Beni che P noun d of Lis keand, Cornwall and d. at Grenfell N.S.W. marr. 23.12.90 Edith Howitt 3 ' dau G.S. Searle . she was a 15.8.84 ag. 73 fellow graduate. She was a clever woman and wrote some novels under the name of Edith Searle He d. 3.2.53 in London ag. 89. His sister Janet G race, scarcely less brilliant, ran him neck and neck through his scholasti career. She was appointed first asst. at G.H.S. She was later principal of 2 large schools in Aust. west Maitland G.H.S. and Sydney. North shore G. H. S. At tamis he was sumner up to E.J. Ross for Tennis champ of Canty June 87 and was in the finals of N.Z. hens doubles.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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