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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Marcus Sandstein

Mr. Marcus Sandstein, who was a member of the Christchurch City Council for South-east Ward, was born in Cracow, Austria, in 1835, where he was educated and brought up as a diamond setter. He came out to Melbourne in 1857, and five years later arrived in Port Chalmers. Removing to Christchurch during the same year he established himself as a watchmaker and jeweller on the site of the premises afterwards occupied by him in Cashel Street. Mr. Sandstein was elected to the City Council in 1894. In educational matters he had been prominent for many years, having been chairman of the East Christchurch School Committee for twelve years. For thirty years he was connected with the Christchurch Building Society, of which he was chairman for about fifteen years. As a member of the Craft, he was attached to Lodge Canterbury, E.C., and held office as past grand warden, and was president of the board of general purposes in connection with the Grand Lodge. Mr. Sandstein was twice married, and his family consists of six sons and three daughters. His fourth son studied in Edinburgh, where he achieved distinction in gaining several scholarships, twelve medals, and five first-class prizes during the course of his medical studies. Mr. Sandstein died on the 13th of January, 1901.