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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. George Thomas Fannin

Mr. George Thomas Fannin born in Westmeath, Ireland, in the year 1830, and is the son of Mr. William Fannin, who came to New Zealand in 1853, by the ship “William Scott,” and settled on a run on the Ruataniwha Plains. He was educated in England and at Trinity College, Dublin, came to New Zealand with his parents and settled in Hawke's bay, where the white population then consisted of about half-a-dozen families. In 1858 Mr. Fannin was appointed clerk to the new Provincial Council of Hawke's Bay, and retained that position till the abolition of the provinces in 1876. During a portion of that period, when the Maori war was in progress, he acted as secretary to Sir Donald McLean and the Hon. J. D. Ormond, who represented the General Government in the conduct of the war. On the abolition of the provinces, Mr. Fannin was appointed clerk and treasurer to the Hawke's Bay County Council, and secretary to the Education Board. These positions he held up to 1996, when he retired from the public service.