Macdonald Dictionary Record: George Levens

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for George Levens. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: L. 195 4 Levens , George (1847 -1935) was born at St Leonids, Sussex and arrived in Lylt by the Indiana in '58 . He had worked for Price + Co candle akers and was packing supplies for the Crum eam war. He was tamed as a carpenter. He planned to sail to Palestine but he changed his mind and the ship was lost. He was trained as a car pester and he brought out with him a splendid chest of tools which cost him £80. They were stolen when he landed in N.Z. He joined Wm. Neal an early Temuka settler in Ch Ch and he went to Temuka with the Nrals and built a house for them in Temuka. After working with the Neale on their farm he bought a small farm of his own and worked it for 6 years. The heals moved to Waimate in '68 out he stayed in Temuka. He became, a bet. Song. and also a bailiff . He started the Temuka Rifles and retired as a sergt holding the long service medal .At one time he was the crack rifle shot of S. Canty. He was member of the Temuka Sch. Comm. and was well known as a comedian in local enter tai ment s ; At the time of the great flood in 1'68 he took an active part in saving life +property. He was a great tree planter . He planted the beg gunn tice in Temuka in '59. Malcolm Mathias a nephew of the Archdeacon gave him the siad. He was fond of music, sport +- gardening. marr. '78 at Temuka Annie Walker. He d. 1935 ag 95 b6.Ch. Cyclop N.Z. . Tim. Her. Geraldine Centenary No.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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