Macdonald Dictionary Record: George Oram

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for George Oram. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: O 95. Oram, George ( was one of the Oram brothers of Mid somer horton, Somerset. He arrived in Ch.Ch in carly 60's but without his wife who was to follow later. He was a very able hotel manager and had a find of falk - mostly about London where he had ben a butler . He knew just what a good London fam ly hotel was like and modelled himself on that. He was first employed by Bud sey , wellknown for the elaborate in sals which he provided. In May 62 he was engaged as Steward to the Ch . Ch. Cliburn at a salary £200 and to provide a housekeeper out of that sumner until his wif e should arrive from England . He was evidently very successful in his management f the Club but he fell foul of two members who grumbled continuously and finally he wrote a long complaint in the Complaint Book which led to him leaving. In Ap. 64 he leased the Carlton Hotel fo om A.W.Morey. Peter Pender inspecting hotels in 65 made a highly complimentary report. He was chairman of the Leic. Vie. Assoc , in 65. In 66 he bought the Lylt. Hotel Tifton which had started ( y being W.G . Brittan as his town house then the public offices of the Prov ince and finally the Lyttelton Hotel which Rowland Davis had raised to a hugh Standard . Oram paid £2800 for it Hist. of Ch.Ch. Club : Akaroa Mail 10.4.52 : LT. 12.4.62 : 4. 6.64 : 6.4.65 : 7.7.65 : 9.3.65 5.1.65; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: O 95 Geo. Cram and intended to rebuild and re.-0gan ise it and in corporate a mercantile club with it. It has always been the best site for a hostel in Ch.Ch . and its present form as Clarendon Hotel in the 50's) it has usually been used by the Govern or when w siting Ch.Ch and was reser ied for the Queen on her visit to N.I Oram set to work to transfor it into a first class hotel. Alteration, and additions were carried out by Balcke and when they were unshed Oram gave Balclutha and his men a dinner in the He rechristened i t the Clarendon. He provided the supper fi a Grand Ball which was held in the Prov. Coun Chamber 16.1.67 when the Govern or, Sir Geo Grey visited Ch.Ch. for the first time in 15 years . He was one of the Original founders of the Canty. Brewing , Matting + Dis tilling Co. and was appointed a director at the first meeting , May 67. He was the first chair man. He was a steward at the Paparua Steeple Chase meeting . He was bankrupt in 67. Wynn Williams and W.H. haney were contesting the Papanui seat in Oct. 71 ; Geo Oram seceded Lane at nomination and made marry very hostile and personal remarks against - Wynn William s Oct. 7 Oram used to ride at the early paper chase hunts and broke a rib at one in July 72. LT. 16.4.67 : 15.6.67 : 4.7.66 : 25.7.67 : 7.10. 71 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Geo. Oram. O. 95 In Ap. 73 he deeded to retire from the Clarendon which he had madly the f most famous hotel in Ch.Ch . He had been for 4 years chairman of the L.V. Assoc. and his brothers in the trade prese ted him with a silver tea and coffee service . Ap. 73 . He stood for the Prov. Aoun. for the Papanui seat in Ap. 74 , Wynn Willi ams and J.T. Peacock bang Will ahead of him. They were both strong candid aer . His election slogan was that "he would open up Papanui He bought J.H. Hopkins New Brighton Hotel.- -. He Seems to have retired in 75 and was living at Ellerslie, New Brighton. When he was at the Carlton there was a toll gate there and Walsh and Henry White were toll gate Keepers. The toll gate was removed betwee sn J.A. in . and 5.30 A an . bey malicious persons , June 64 He was a member of the C.Y.C. for some years. marr. (1)- - nothing K noun (2) 10.4.73 at St. Michaels, Dean Jacob Louisa Sophia Bad ham. She was his housekeeper. He d. at New Brighton 3.4.76 ag 50. she d. 9.4.15 ag 96 18.7.72 : 23.4.73 : 8.4 74 : 11.4.74 : 5.2.75; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Geo. Dam. 4 O. 95 His funeral was a very large one Owing to his connection with the C. Y.C. the Ch.Ch. Club as manager , various hotels and the L.V. Assoc. He was given a full in eli ary funeral. . Dean Jacobs read the service Pall bearers were D. McG cnn ess , Chas. G reen , H. Haddrell l and J Hadfield. (all connected with " The Trade" eldest dau. Sarah Ann marr. 6.4.74 C.Klingenstein , a publican yun gist " Phoebe Gait 14.7.75 Edmund Hyland Dartnell Hag.75; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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