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ENYS, Charles (d1890) & ENYS, John Davies Gilbert (1837-1912)

Collection | Ref # Manuscripts Department 157/55, 26/57, 20/63 | Held by Canterbury Museum

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ENYS, Charles (d1890) & ENYS, John Davies Gilbert (1837-1912)


ENYS, Charles (d1890) & ENYS, John Davies Gilbert (1837-1912)

Level of description:



5 vols

Reference number:

Manuscripts Department 157/55, 26/57, 20/63

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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.

The records comprise family diaries and letterbooks.


Dates covered:

1837 - 1888

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Location of original:

Acland, John Barton Arundel, 1824-1904; Castle

Finding aids:

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Canterbury Region


Hill (Station)

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