St Pauls Papanui Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

St Pauls Papanui Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

Another of Edward’s son, George, did much valuable exploration in the Southern

Alps-West Coast area. In 1866, he was walking alone on the Arnold River track near

Lake Brunner. The infamous Burgess-Kelly-Levy gang mistook him for a gold buyer.

The ‘energetic and resolute young explorer’ laughed at their mistake, saying: “Did

you think I was a banker? Here is all I have, about six pounds”. The gang dared not let

him report their whereabouts and promptly murdered him. The township of Dobson,

near Greymouth, is named in his memory and his monument stands there.

On Edward Dobson’s memorial there appear the words:

Associate and Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Arrived in

Canterbury 1850. First Provincial Engineer, 1854, and Engineer to the

Moorhouse Tunnel. ‘His life’s desire was that his labours might be of benefit

to his fellow Colonists’.

Edward Dobson, 91, died on 19 April 1908. His wife, Mary Ann, 92, died on 29

December 1913.

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Born at Plumstead, Kent, in 1852, Joseph James Kinsey was educated at the Royal

Naval School, Greenwich, and, for some years, was a master in the Lower School,

Dulwich College, one of his pupils being Ernest Shackleton. In 1872 he married Sarah

Ann Garrard and, eight years later, emigrated to Christchurch. He established the firm

of Kinsey and Co., shipping and travel agents and ships’ provendors. He had offices

in Christchurch and Lyttelton.

The Kinseys lived in a grand house in Papanui and, later, had a week-end home,

designed by famed architect Samuel Hurst Seager, at Clifton, Sumner. The front lawn

extended to the edge of the cliff which towers over the road into Sumner. The couple

were eager to join the social elite but an early setback was the sinking of the Tararua

in Foveaux Strait in 1881. Francis George Garrard, dashing captain of the ship, was

Sarah’s brother. As well, he had been Joseph’s school friend at Greenwich and had

made Joseph his heir. Garrard was one of the 131 people who went down with the

ship, there being but 20 survivors of this the second largest maritime disaster in New

Zealand’s history. Worse, the captain’s negligence was judged to be the prime cause

of the shipwreck.

The Kinseys picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and tried again. They

associated themselves with the St. John Ambulance Association and Joseph was

Consul for Belgium with jurisdiction over Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and

Westland. As well, he was in the Christchurch Savage Club and joined operatic and

musical societies, including the Liedertafel.

The Kinseys were collectors and connoisseurs of art of all kinds. They sponsored

scientists such as Leonard Cockayne (who named a Wakatipu celmisia for them) and

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