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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Barnabas Blackburn

Mr. Barnabas Blackburn, Stationmaster at Paikakariki, and post-master and telephonist, is a son of Mr. Alfred Blackburn who served twenty-five years on the New Zealand Government Railway, acting as Stationmaster at Rakaia, Canterbury, for nineteen years. Born in 1866, at Christchurch, the subject of this sketch was educated at public schools and joined the Railway Service in the Telegraph Department at Rakaia in 1878. After four years he resigned and entered a merchant's office, where he remained nine years. Mr. Blackburn was subsequently in a mercantile office in Sefton for a year, and joined the Wellington-Manawatu Railway, in the Wellington Goods Office, in February, 1893. He was promoted to the position of stationmaster at Paikakariki in September, 1895. Mr. Blackburn was married in 1888 to a daughter of Mr. Francis Lewis, of Tinwald, Canterbury, veterinary surgeon, and has two sons.