MR. F. J. ONGLEY
The death occurred yesterday, in his ninety-eighth year, of Frederick James Ongley, one of the early settlers of New Zealand. The late Mr. Ongley was born in Sussex, England. As a young man he decided to emigrate to New Zealand, and he set sail while'the Franco-Prussian War was still in progress. The vessel on which he embarked was wrecked in the Bay of Biscay and Mr. Ongley was rescued after spending two days clinging to one of the ship's masts, which were then half-submerged. He spent some time in Spain and France before he eventually resumed his voyage to New Zealand in the Edwin Fox, a popular passenger ship of those days. Mr. Ongley arrived in 1872 and settled in Oamaru, where he lived for over 50 years. In 1929 he came to Wellington to reside with his son, Mr. F. W. Ongley, of Wadestown. The late Mr. Ongley leaves a family of three daughters and four sons, Messrs. F. W. Ongley, A. M. Ongley, and R. C. Ongley, all well-known members of the legal profession, and Mr. M. C. Ongley, M.A., M.Sc, Government Geologist. One son, Mr. P. A. Ongley, was killed in action in the last war. The late Mr. Ongley's wife died 25 years ago. The funeral will take place on Wednesday.
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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXXXVII, Issue 131, 5 June 1944
OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXXXVII, Issue 131, 5 June 1944
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