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Born in Cornwall, John Davies Gilbert Enys came to New Zealand in 1861 with his cousin J.B. Acland, and spent a year being taught farming by the Tripp family, also cousins. He was joined by his younger brother Charles in 1864, and together they took up the Castle Hill Station in Canterbury. J.D. Enys was a keen botanist and geologist. He also took an active part in local affairs, being elected in 1870 to the Canterbury Provincial Council representing the Rakaia District. He returned to England on the death of both his brothers, selling Castle Hill Station from which he donated a carved limestone font to the Christchurch Cathedral.
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