Macdonald Dictionary Record: Joseph Harrap Hopkins

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Joseph Harrap Hopkins. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: H. 745 Hopkins, Joseph Harrap (1837-1910) did a lot of work for the district of Woolston and gave t its name. When a bridge was wanted over the Heathcote where the Woolston Tarn cries now stand he said he wai ld give a good donation f the name Woolston, his native village, was substitute d for lo wer y t Heathcote. (There arc villages called Woolston in both Glos. . ants) . Before there was a Sunday School building he used to get the children acc omimi dated in private houses or in the old church. When the old co church at Woolston was demolished , mary of the materials were incorporated in the new Sunday School. He presided over a meeting of the Heathcote Sch . Comm , Oct. 6. Thing were going well largely due to his efforts. He was E selected along with T. Het Dr Willis. J.D . Barn ford , Wm Langdown , A. Silk , Bowers, James Courtenay, Brimicombe. He brought up the matter of the name of Woolston being used at a meeting called to consider what action be taken over the foulest of the Fry Road Drain Ap. 70. He was the solitary member of the comer. of the new ly formed Woolston Cricket Club Oct. 70. He was onr of the member of the Woolston Mitral Inpa oven ent Soc. He gave an address on P on Precolonial - a subject then of interest. Lecturers made a living by feeling peoples bumps . Mrs C.W. Here. : Hist. St. Johns, Woolston LT. 22.4.70 : 15.10.70 : 10.7.71 : fam. inf.N; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 745 His talk was followed by sarcastic letter in the Lylt. Tines 27.6.71 to which he replied with some heat LT. 10.7.71). He became engaged in a long war on the subject of the Heathcote Bridge Tolls and he and John Ollivier crossed swords in letters to the Lylt. Tines Ap. 72. He was a member of the Heathcote Rd. Bd and he fell foul with some of the old members , particularly J.T. Fisher and Dr Earle. He wrote a strongly ait cal lille. only 72 which was followed by a public meting which showed itself hostile to Fisher. The whole of the Rd. Bd. resigned after the adver se vote at the meeting and an election was held to elect a nn Bd. Hopkins failed to get elected to the new Bd although Le was top of those not elected. He had rin up again st a strong man in John Olliver who was tao muck for him in arguments over balance sheets. During these arguments over local affairs Hopkins aral ted carton carried round by Sandwich men and plastered on walls , chowing poor fisherman who had to cross the F0ry paying a shilling while rich men like John O llevren who lived on the right side f the fea th cote paid nothing . The cartoon showed J.O. driving a spanking tom out while the poor fisherman carried his founders from Sumner and paid lin hilling LT. 25.4.72 : 16.8.72 : 4.9.72 : 18.9.72 : 16.8.73 : 2.12.73 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 745 Hopkins was a self-made mnd . He conducted a large and successful store near St. Johns, Woolston and built a stone building (now a mattress factory s He employed - 1 men and delivered all round the dist. In '73 he bought 150 ac. in the middle of New Brighton and built just over the bridge a boarding house, named The Villa. Later he got a license for his house. In further efforts to popularise New Brighton , he had built a shallow daft paddle steamer which was to camry passengers bet wen Ch.Ch. and New Brighton. She was christened k y Mrs M.B. Hart the Mayors. at The Bricks, Most o f the connal ors were there and Bun2's band supplied the music. The name chosen was "The Brighton" and she steamed to New Brighton with a full load , and all had hunch at Hopkins new hotel. There were toasts and a ball in the evening. de Troy who lived at what was later called Dallington acted as pilot. a meeting was held at Naw Brighton urging in prove ent to the New Brighton roed and a bridge over the Avon and a depulaton was to wait on the Supt. o consisting of W.Wilson, W. Calvert, E. Barker and Hopkins. The license to the hotel wads granted in Hopkins name and apparently he ran it himself. The " Brighton was licensed to carry 113 b ass enos and was done LT. 8.3.74 : 29.4.74 : 285.9.74 : 28. 12.74 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: 4 H.745 p and in proved for the 74-.75 season. The Brighton found the river weeds too much for its paddles and Hop kus had to call his creditors to +ellen. Geo. Oram bought his new Brighton Hotel is well as 65 acres. John Bligh of Bligh's Road bought some of the land and made his pleasure gardens there ; they were not a great success. Hopkins returned to his store after this disastrous speculation He had a fine home at Woolston with a bowling greene behind it He was Pres. of the Woolston Band and on the comm. of the Heathcote Rowing Club. Whee Woolston became a Town District in '82, the was chairman of the commissioners. He stood for Heathcote in the Party. edition of '87 and was easily beaten by Fred. Jones 756-309. marr. 5.9.63. at Hawkers house Louisa Par sons by Rev . Chas. Fraser. She came out with the Hawkers and with her delicate sister Ann. The How kers were well known in Newt.'3 and Woolston. He d. 3.3.10 ag 73. widow Louisa d. Pe rough St. 28.8.23 ag 81 both bur. Addn Cem. LT. 5.2.75 : 26.12.82 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 745 J.H. Hopkins family. Louise marr. S.A. Mills , jeweler Joseph Harap man in Sydney Kate Brady. Tom eva Bradley Alice marr. James Combe , lived Dunedin Annie Arthur Allan, bar + sol. Lily Wm. Morgan C.W. Herrer , accountant. May He took Lily and Mary , his two youngest daus. on a trip to Aust.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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