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A cablegram received in Christ church on tbe 13th inst. recorded the death of Mr F. A- Anson, formerly of Piraki, which occurred in London on the 11th of this month. Mr Anson, was very well known and respected'

on Banks Peninsula, where be resided from 1875 to within a few ypars ago. In conjunction with Mr F. P. Snow, whom he had known in the Old Country, and who was bis shipmate on the voyage out, he purchased the Piraki estate, and the firm of Snow and Anson was well known for many years on the south side of tbe Peninsula. There in the little station house, in which the Carews, bad lived, and which has now long disappeared, they were noted for their genial bospitali ties extended to all comers. Subsequently Mr Snow sold bis share of the property to hia partner, and settled in the North Island.

Mr Anpon took a keen interest in local politics, and was for come time chairman of the Akaroa County Coun cil. He aleo contested tbe Ellesmere seat in Parliament with the Hon W. Montgomery, but was defeated,

Mr Anson was much interested in tbe chronicles of the very early settlement of Akaroa and of the doings of the old whalers who fished out of Piraki under the energetic and at times somewhat despotic rule of Cap tain Hempleman in the early decades of last century. In 1910 he edited and published privately Hempleman's Log, beginning in 1835 and extending to 1844. The Log is imperfect, and does not make good reading, buti3 historically valuable as throwing light on the adventurous and hardy lives of tbe old Bay whalers. Mr An?on pre sented the original documents to the ( hristehurch Museum.

Mr Anson took a leading port in erecting the obelisk at Green's Point commemorative of the coming of the French imrnigrantg.who arrived in the Comte de Paris in August 1840, the late Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, and the proclamation of the Sovereignty of the South Island by Captain Stanley of the H.M.S. Brifcotnart, and has done much to give Akaroa a special character of its own.

Mr Anson married a daughter of the late Mr James Fraser Roberts, 0.E., of Akaroa, wbo survives bim, and be leaves a son (Mr Denis Anson), four daughteas and several grand children.

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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 16 December 1913

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OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 16 December 1913

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