Macdonald Dictionary Record: Canon Staples Hamilton

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Canon Staples Hamilton. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: t. 87 Hamilton , Canon Staples (1859 -1956) was b. 25. 8.59 the youngest son of Rev. Hugh Staples Hamilton and was educ. at X's Hospital and came out to N.Z. in D. 75 with his brother Hans. They joined the other Hamilton brothers at Oxford, and so the firm of Hamilton Brothers , saw millers was complete. He was only 16 so he cooked, looked after the whare and stoked the engine. Thomas Albert the eldest of the saw millers (H.H.S. was a clergyman) left Oxford in 77 and married Charlotte Woodfield and went F o teach at West Eyreton . Dean Jacobek persuaded Stapes to study for the Church and he came to Canty Coll in '78 and was there for 4 years. He was ordained by Bishop Harper and was curate to Carlesimo Merton who was vicar of Woolston. Staple himself lived at Summer. He then went to Leeston and was curate to the Rev. W. Hands . The parish was called Ellesmere parish and when it was split up he became the first vicar of Leeston. In Nov. '94 Bishop Julius persuaded him to go to Hokitika. He was on the West Coast when the great B runner lasted occurred in 95. He was in charge of the West Coast right down to Jacksons Bay and had to do a lot of riding. Mining was ten declining but there was great activity in bush milling. The west Coast did not suit his wife so he moved to Geraldine. fam. inf. Staples Hamilton ; LT. 3.2.79 : 18.3.90.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: M. 87 canon S Hamilton 2. where he followed Rev. James Preston. He was there til 1920 but the travelling became too mnd for him and he moved to St. Mathews , Ch.Ch. in 1920. He was vicar of St. Albans for 12 years. He then retired and lived at Marveled and helped there whenever help was wanted . He finally retired fr on church work in 49 when he reached the age of g0. When the writer saw himi in he was still a strong and active man and showed practically 10 signs of physical of mental decay. He was shah ly annoyed at his vegetable gardening being interrupted. marr. (1) 28.1.85 at St Saviours Temuka by his brother Rev . T.A. Hamilton Rose Margt 4' dau of James Wylde q.v. She d. 16.3.90 ag. 29 (2) Louisa Anne dau of A. Preston of Ch. Ch. 22.1.94 He d. 25.3.56 bur. Leeston Cem. He was awarded a Dudley Divinity Scholarship. Jan. 79. soc Edwin Henry Staples Educ. X's Coll 1900 -03. Sec. C.C.O13.a 1919-25 : Fellow X's Coll 19 22- member Ch.C. Drainage Bd. 1924- 36 chairman '47 - . Press C.C.O.B.A '40. Public Accountant. Ch.Ch. Hubert d. on Gallipoli Gordon . B. N.S.W. let. '53.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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