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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

ENYS, John Davies 1837–1912

ENYS, John Davies 1837–1912

Born Cornwall, probably at Enys Place where the family had been established since the time of Edward III; the second son of John Samuel Enys. Came to New Zealand with his cousin J. B. Acland, arriving Lyttelton 1861; from Christchurch he went to cousins, the Tripps, to learn farming. His younger brother joined him 1864 at Castle Hill Station. He was greatly interested in geology, botany, page 89 and biology, and made a collection of moths and butterflies. Took an active part in local affairs, in 1870 elected to Provincial Government for Rakaia. After death of two brothers in England he returned to Cornwall, selling the Castle Hill property after arranging for the presentation of the font carved from Castle Hill limestone to the Christchurch Cathedral.