1 « — THOMAS DICKEN. Mr Thomas Dicken, who paesed away in Christchurch on Friday last, (resided for many years at French Farm. Hβ will be best remembered on the Peninsula through the mysfceri ous tragedy which befel his uncle in 1857. This gentleman's disappear -,' ance created a great disturbance at h the tune. He rode away to look fur some missing cattle, going towards Barry's Bay, and, as he did not return rbat evening, Messrs Tribe and Silk, who lived with bitp, made a search n next day, and found the pony tied to a '. flax bush. They saw traces of Mr c Dickens footsteps leading into the d bush The curious part of the tragedy was that bia dog returned a fortnight later covered in clay and showed s signs of having fasted all the time she was away. Tbey took the dog to the ) place where tbpy found the horse tied, - and tried to make her follow the track of her master, but she refused to go at all and the search bad to be aband oned, the mystery never being solved j to this day. Mr Thomas Dicken lived in French Farm close to where Mr R. Shadbolt lives up to twenty ypars ago, when he was burnt out. b: He then lived with bis daughter (Mrs 5 Baker); Mr Baker having a big boys' > school in the nouee occupied by Mr Shadbolt. Mr Dicken was keenly in 'rterestedin fruit growing, and planted 1 a large orchard of apples in front of the section, which be sold to the Earl 'at Banfcry, Mr Dicken owned Blyth Cliffe, the present residence of the ! Mayor (Mr Q. Armstrong), and it was he who gave the property the name. ' One of his sons was called Blytb, also after a pifiee in England. Mr Dicken ' had a family of two sons and four ' daughters, who have all predeceased ; him, except Meedames H A. Knight . and Inman He left French Farm over twenty years ago, and has been residing in Ohristcburch of late. He was keenly interested in horses and a ■ good judge of a horse,
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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 2 February 1915
OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 2 February 1915
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