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ROW O No. 1939

THOMAS EDWARD (TOMMY) TAYLOR

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Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

T. E. Taylor was born in Lincolnshire and emigrated to Canterbury with his

parents on the

Cardigan Castle. A staunch prohibitionist, Taylor was an MP who served three terms in

Parliament and built one of the first houses on Cashmere – Whareora. A few months before

his death, Taylor became Mayor of Christchurch. At his funeral, on a cold July day,

between 40,000 and 50,000 people turned out to line the route to the cemetery. The

inscription on the headstone reads:

Sacred to the memory

of Thomas Edward Taylor, only son of Edward and Anne, born 16

June 1863, died 27 July 1911. Statesman, orator, reformer, Prohibition leader. Member of

Parliament 9 years, Mayor of Christchurch, 1911.

I have fough t the good fight. Oh fallen at length that towe r of strength which stood four

square to all the winds that blew.

ʺThe dedication of a Dominion Monument in Addington cemetery to the memory of the late

Thos E Taylor MP on June 19th.ʺ Bishop collection Weekly Press 19 th June 1913, p 37

CM1923.53.352

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