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George Gray was a

George Gray was a lecturer who was very much connected to life in the village. He came to New Zealand in 1873 to work at Canterbury University College where he lectured in chemistry until he transferred, ten years later, to the School of Agriculture where he remained until his retirement in 1915 40 . Besides his work as a lecturer he involved himself in problems related to soil and water as they affected the agricultural industry, and helped dairy companies to monitor standards by analysing samples of milk for them. In the course of this busy life he served as Acting Director 41 on several occasions. Like Mr. Ivey he was a staunch churchman and served St. Stephen’s parish for many years in various roles as church warden, lay reader and member of the vestry. In 1909 he bought a property on the corner of Leinster Terrace and Edward Street, next door to the present vicarage and lived there until his death in 1934. His daughter Daisy lived in the village all her life and for many years was organist at St. Stephen’s. 21. Portrait of George Gray. First chemist of the School of Agriculture at Lincoln. Courtesy of Lincoln University. By the beginning of the 20 th century the School of Agriculture’s role in the field of agriculture was widely acknowledged, but beside this, the school in its formative years had established a place in the local community. This has been an ongoing process as staff came to work and live in Lincoln and to contribute in so many ways in the development of Lincoln Township. Sources and Notes. 1. Lyttelton Times. 16 July 1867. See Papers Past. (Reported as largest & most influential meeting ever held in district). 2. W.G. Gardner 1971, ed. A History of Canterbury Vol. II, p.309. 3. Weekly Press 26 July 1867. 4. Lyttelton Times. 22 October 1868. See Papers Past. 5. The Press. 22 March 1869. See Papers Past. (A.C. Knight worked Newlands farm at Ladbrooks). 60

6. Lyttelton Times. 25 June 1869. See Papers Past. 7. Weekly Press 16 September 1871. 8. The Press. 1 March 1876. See Papers Past. 9. Lyttelton Times. 16 June 1871. See Papers Past. 10. Weekly Press 5 August 1871. 11. Lyttelton Times. 13 September 1871. See Papers Past. 12. Ibid 16 November 1871. See Papers Past. 13. Ibid 14 December 1871. See Papers Past. 14. Ibid 13 March 1872. See Papers Past. 15. Ibid 11 July 1872. See Papers Past. 16. Ibid 15 August 1872. See Papers Past. 17. The Press. 19 April 1873. See Papers Past. 18. Weekly Press 21 July 1872 19. Lyttelton Times. 14 December 1871. See Papers Past. 20. Archives New Zealand, Papers of Provincial Council, CP643 b3 10 January 1872. (The petition was signed by 30 individuals, mostly farmers, some business men). 21. The Press. 17 February 1872. See Papers Past. 22. Ibid 11 July 1872. See Papers Past. 23. Lyttelton Times. 6 November 1872. See Papers Past. 24. The Press. 27 August 1873. See Papers Past. 25. Ibid 6 September 1873. See Papers Past. 26. Ibid 4 November 1874. See Papers Past. 27. Star. 3 November 1875. See Papers Past 28. The Press. 31 October 1877. See Papers Past. 29. Ibid 9 November 1878. See Papers Past. 30. Ibid 12 March 1879. See Papers Past. 31. Lyttelton Times. 29 July 1888. Ibid 25 August 1865. See Papers Past. 32. Weekly Press 17 June 176. 61

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