Macdonald Dictionary Record: Rupert Theodore Walton Sercombe

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Rupert Theodore Walton Sercombe. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: S. 197 Sercombe, Rupert Theodore Walton (1861-1944) was born 3.1.61 the son of Rupert Clampitt Sercombe + Louisa dau. of W.H. Smith. He was educ. at Westminster School and Exeter Coll., Oxford. He started as a barrister under Whitehead but deafness forced him to abandon his profession. He came out to N.Z. first in 86 and was in the North Is during the Terawera Eruption, and took part in the rescue operations. He had stayed at Orari Gorge during his fist trip to N.Z and he liked the district so much he determined to return to it. After his marriage he came back to N.Z. and bought Arthur Hopes place - Rokonui A big house but not much land. He added more land and increased it too 300 ac. The Sercombes lived here for the rest of their lives He bought a small run at Gapes's Valley in 1901. He was a poor farmer lost money by it. He was a strong supporter of - probably the C. of E. and was a lay reader marr. 8.8.93 Sophie Maria Eleanor widow of C.E. Lavie a Ceylon coffee planter. Her maiden name was Cosser and she was the dau. of Rev. W.M. Cosser, Vicar of Titchfield, Hants. She had a dau. by her first marriage who came out to N.Z + marr. Dr. Frank Lowis Underwood whom she met on ship - lived at Bedford fam. inf. X's Coll Sch hist. son Francis Walton Educ X's Coll 1911-13. Sergt 35 Reinforcements N.Z.E.F - farmer Mayfield.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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