Macdonald Dictionary Record: Albert Parr Parsons

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Albert Parr Parsons. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: F 128 Parsons, Capt. Albert Parr (1829-97) was born at Peters field . Han ts went to sea and became a master mariner . He had been in the Chirac trade and had been in command a merchant ship trading from Melbourne He was in command f the Ambrosine which arrived at Lylt. 15.2.60 In 61 when the Otago gold rush set in he commanded and was part owner of the Ashburton which ran stock acr oss from Melbourne to Port Chalmers He lost this ship and te he then gave up the sea and settled at Fernside G.M. assig who left a Log came out in the Ambrosine and left the following description. The Ambrosine was an old vessel of about 600 tons, poorly fitted for a long voyage: accommodation and food for steerage were bad. Capt. Parsons was a splendid seaman and a gentleman who did his ut most to mitigate the miseries s of the protracted voyage. The sails were rotten. Capt. P.'s alertness and excellent Seaman ship served the vessel from disaster. The passage was of t20 days. The Abbot famil y of the North Road were passengers in the Ambrosine and Capt. Parsons became engaged to one of the girls and married her a mon th after they arrived. He continued to sail the seas for 4 years after his marriage He settled down at Fernside and although ne knew nothing of farm neg fam. inf. : Los of G.M. Has sing: pass lest Ref. Lib. : LT. 31.3.60 : 11.7.68 : 6.1.77; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Capt A.P. Parsons P 128 he soon picked it i . Hes farm was near Mulford, Charles Merton s farm. He had an old seaman who helped to keep the place tidy. His farm was badly Knocked about by the great flood of He was elected to the Comm. of the Northern A. + P. Assoc. Nov. 68. He presided over a meeting in Rangiora which discussed starting a quarterly fair after the English model . Lincoln had just organised a successfully de Various county town ships tried the idea and all dropped He was chair man of a comm. which organ used a race meeting at Rang. on Capt. Brandon s ground ; and he was chairman of a comm which organised a race meeting to be held Easter Monday '76. When the Club was faro per y formed he was elected Pres. When T.S. Mannering left for a tri p to Eng in '76 he leased side Farm to Capt. Parsons. He was elected to the Rang. + Mandeville Rd. Rd top o f the poll op of and was chosen as chair man. Later he wors chairman of the Ashley C.C.8 -84. He took a great int crest in all local affairs and succeeded Blackett as the leading local citizen. He and J.B. Sheath organised the the Noth Canty Sale yards Company in opposition to Buss . He organised a. Farriers Club at Fernside which met regularly y to discuss farmers probleme LT. 23.4.78 : 25.6.97 : 11.7.68 : 6.2. : 14.3.94 ; 14.4.96 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Capt. A.P. Parsons P. 128 He acted as Clerk f the Course at Rangi ora Rac meetings : and at other meeting was judge. He was chairman of the Rang. Domain Bd ; of the Mandeville Leic. Comm. : of the Rang. Bo. Coun. ; and Pres. North Canty. Jo0key Club. He was one of the seven shareholders who signed the Memo f Assoc. of the N.Z Farmers Co-op Assoc and wason a director in til his death , cond never nosed a meeting marr. 27.3.60 Cherry Frances 2 dau. of John Abbott late of Kings Co. Ireland. She d. 5 . 86. He was a member of the Lylt. Harb. Bd. and attende d O meeting shortly before he dred. He was taken ill there and d. Ch.Ch. 24.60.97 ag 68. family. R.J. of Amberley stock agent q.v. ( Bob) Joseph Alfred freezing buyer d. Timaru 21.4.22. Geo. Albert , stationmaster finally def taffeta auditor N.Z. Rlys. William (Bill) stock agent + auctioneer P.G.G. marr . Ethel Beatrice Thomas of Wgtn. Charles of Rang. Henry Edward d. 13.4.96 ag 3 Mary Mrs Thos Leech. Edith d. July s - marr. John Rentoul 7.10.02 chemist + beekeeper. Matha Mrs T. Rentoul of Cheviot 1 L.T.12.7.97 (Molly ) Mary Louisa marr. 11.4.00 Frederick Armi Cocks son Rev. H.B. Cocks.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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