Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

Board and Riccarton

Road Board. However, he was primarily a farmer. He was both a

sheep and cattle farmer, paying high prices to get pure‐bred Shorthorn cattle into the

country. His interest in farming was demonstrated by his activities with the Canterbury

Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company and the New

Zealand Flock Book Council.

An only child, John was interested in the preservation of the Deans family. In 1879 he

married Catherine Edith Park; the couple had 12 children in 16 years. John died in 1902.

Robert George Deans, son of Edith and John Deans II, was born on 19 February 1884. He

attended Christchurch Boys High School where he was head boy, senior monitor, and

captain of the First XV and of cadets. He spent his working life on the family farm at

Riccarton. He was an All Black in the 1905 tour of Great Britain and scored 16 tries on tour,

including the famous try at Cardiff Arms Park which was disallowed by the referee who

was not on hand to see clearly what had happened. The fact that the try was disallowed

meant that the team came home without making a clean sweep of all their games. The

Welsh had the better of the match. Robert died of appendicitis on 30 September 1908.


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