Macdonald Dictionary Record: John Gunn

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for John Gunn. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: S.605 G inn, John (1811 was born in Cath res shire and was trained as a shepherd . He man ied Margaret Sutherland. He and his wife and Their family of 5 sons and 2 daus. arrived by the Chrysolite 24.1.6 The familys was John, 20 ; Catherine, 18; Roberta, 18; William ,16 Robert, 14; George 14; Alex. 11. In 65 he took up land on the Hawkish River and farmed it with the help of his sons. His farm was R.S. 8 844 of 120 ac on the East bank of the Hawkins. Hector Gillanders who had R.S. 8850 was his neighbour. There is a tradition that he sank a well 200 ft deep and failed to get permanent water. Si James Hight says of them The old people talked in Galicia . They were the finest type of settler - hardy , hard-working generous. Mrs Gunns brother was a wie merchant." Later he bought land at Racecourse Hill where his wife died in 86 . The farm was known as Hawks View and De Richards was the original owner. wife Margaret d. at Hawks view 23.2.86 ag. 76 He d. at Hawks vien 28.5.95 ag. 86. both bur. at Kimberley Cem. Cyclop N.Z.ii Si James Hight; Macmillan : Kimberley Cem. M.I.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: G.805. John Gunn. family. eldest son John d. Ch.Ch. 7.1.19 ag. 77 bur. Kimberley. . William d. Racecourse Hill 13.5.19 ag 73 4 George McLeod marr. St. John 's Hororata 17.11.84 Rev. W.S. Bean Adeline Oddest dau. Edw in Derrett + Eliza Tisch. She was b. Papanui + lived Hororata. dau. Roberta d. 12.10.14 ag. 71 bur. Kimberley Cem. Catherine e marr. - Poulsen. Their son became Principal of the Training College. Another son Donald was Awarded the first O.S.O. of the Boer War. + George lived at Darfield and was a hotel keeper. LT. 19.11.84 : 14.5.19.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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