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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald Faulkner

Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald Faulkner, Organist of St. John's Church, Latimer Square, is a native of Windsor, England, where he was born in 1863. Up till the ago of nine years, he suffered from imperfect sight, and since that period he has been totally blind. His case came under the notice of Her Majesty the Queen, who undertook his entire education. He was sent to a college for the blind, where he studied music under Messrs. Barmby, Strickland, and Banks for several years. He subsequently completed his musical studies under Sir George Elvey, Queen's Organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. At the age of sixteen and a half years Mr. Faulkner was appointed organist at Englefield Green, at the parish of Egham, Surrey, and this was the commencement of his present musical career. Before leaving the Old Land, Mr. Faulkner frequently played before distinguished people, and gave concerts on one occasion under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Christian. In 1885, he came to Port Chalmers via Melbourne, and was appointed organist at St. Matthew's church, Dunedin, where he remained for some time. His next appointment was at St. John's, Roslyn, and two years later he became organist at Trinity Wesleyan church, Dunedin, where he continued for nine years. Removing to Christchurch, he was appointed organist at St. Mary's church. Merivale, and in 1896 took up his duties at St. John's church, Latimer Square. Mr. Faulkner was married in 1890 to a daughter of the late Mr. William Skelton, of Auckland, and has one daughter.

Standish and Preece, photo.Mr. T. F. Faulkner.

Standish and Preece, photo.
Mr. T. F. Faulkner.