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Erasmus B. Hawkins - Obituary - 1941

The Evening Post, 22 April 1941

The death occurred last week at Greytown of Mr. Erasmus Bowerman Hawkins, in his eighty-ninth year.

Mr. Hawkins was born at Wellington in 1852 and came to Greytown 74 years ago. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkins, arrived in Wellington in 1841 in the brigantine Harrington, his father being part owner and mate of the vessel. The family settled first in Webb Street, Wellington, neighbours being Captain Mercer and Mr. George Hunter (first Mayor of Wellington), and later on a farm property at Makara purchased from the Hon. W. B. Rhodes.

In his early life in the Wairarapa, Mr. Hawkins built many well-known buildings, including the Roman Catholic Church in Masterton and the Carterton Railway Station. Before his retirement to Greytown, Mr. Hawkins was a successful farmer, being a foundation shareholder and director of the Greytown-Wairarapa Dairy Factory.

Mr. Hawkins was a keen angler. He was twice married and is survived by Mrs. Adamson (daughter) and Messrs. George J. Hawkins (Dannevirke). Arthur A. Hawkins (Hastings), and Frank F. Hawkins (Greytown). The funeral at Greytown Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. H. Bloomfield, was largely attended.


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