Enoch Edmund Tonks (1871 - 1944)

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Birthplace: Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand
Death: Died in Paekakariki, Wellington, New Zealand
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About Enoch Edmund Tonks

The death has occurred at his seaside residence, Paekakariki, of Mr. Enoch Edmond Tonks, Thompson Street, Wellington, aged 73. Mr. Tonks was a son of the late Enoch and Susan Tonks, who came to New Zealand in 1842. Their descendants are said to comprise the third largest family in the' Dominion. Mr. Tonks was born at Lawrence, Otago, and soon afterwards the family came to Wellington to live. As a young man he began a contracting business for the supply of sand and gravel, well known today as Tonks and Andrews, which has provided the materials for the construction of the Mt. Victoria and Karori tunnels, the Miramar sea wall, the Parliamentary Buildings, and the Dominion Museum and Art Gallery. It was from this firm that the Government acquired the present site of the Rongotai Aerodrome. Mr. Tonks had a great love and understanding of horses, and before they were superseded by motor vehicles he owned many fine teams of draught horses. Mr. Tonks is survived by his widow, and leaves a son, Mr. Ray Tonks, and a daughter, Mrs. Roberts, by his first marriage.

(Evening Post, 14 September 1944)

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Enoch Edmund Tonks's Timeline

1871
1871
Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand
1894
1894
Age 23
New Zealand
1895
August 29, 1895
Age 24
Wellington, New Zealand
1897
March 27, 1897
Age 26
Wellington, New Zealand
1898
1898
Age 27
Wellington, New Zealand
1913
December 5, 1913
Age 42
Wellington, New Zealand

BRICKWORKS CLOSE DOWN
The shortage of coal is seriously affecting the brick-making industry in Wellington. The Newtown Building Company and the Silverstream Brick Company have had to shut down, and next week Mr. Enoch Tonks, of Webb-street, will be compelled to do likewise. These are ih» largest brick works in this district.

(Evening Post, 5 December 1918)

1944
September 13, 1944
Age 73
Wellington, New Zealand
1944
Age 73
Paekakariki, Wellington, New Zealand

The death has occurred at his seaside residence, Paekakariki, of Mr. Enoch Edmond Tonks, Thompson Street, Wellington, aged 73. Mr. Tonks was a son of the late Enoch and Susan Tonks, who came to New Zealand in 1842. Their descendants are said to comprise the third largest family in the' Dominion. Mr. Tonks was born at Lawrence, Otago, and soon afterwards the family came to Wellington to live. As a young man he began a contracting business for the supply of sand and gravel, well known today as Tonks and Andrews, which has provided the materials for the construction of the Mt. Victoria and Karori tunnels, the Miramar sea wall, the Parliamentary Buildings, and the Dominion Museum and Art Gallery. It was from this firm that the Government acquired the present site of the Rongotai Aerodrome. Mr. Tonks had a great love and understanding of horses, and before they were superseded by motor vehicles he owned many fine teams of draught horses. Mr. Tonks is survived by his widow, and leaves a son, Mr. Ray Tonks, and a daughter, Mrs. Roberts, by his first marriage.

(Evening Post, 14 September 1944)