Winfield, Thomas Badder

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A collection of eight letters written by Thomas Badder Winfield, 1887-1889. Thomas had recently immigrated to New Plymouth and writes to his mother and brother, Job, in Bicester, Oxford, England. The letters begin on his journey to New Zealand, and part way through the sequence Job also immigrates to Taranaki. Thomas is farming land on Kent Road, and speaks often about farming, the landscape, earthquakes, his friends in New Plymouth and the opportunities proved in the new colony. In the final letter Thomas speaks about teaching a shorthand class in New Plymouth.
In later life Thomas was the headmaster of Frankley School and Job owned the Egmont Cash Store in Inglewood and served as Mayor of Inglewood, 1927-1931.
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Letters (eight):

Letter 1. 27 January 1887 (1pp)

Letter 2. 15 May 1888 (3pp)

Letter 3.13 July 1888 (3pp)

Letter 4. 5 September 188 (2pp)

Letter 5. 13 October 1888 (1pp)

Letter 6. 13 October 1888 (1pp)

Letter 7. 10 December 1888 (2pp)

Letter 8. 8 April 1889 (1pp)

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A little information on Job Walker Winfield, who was my great-great grandfather. After emigrating to New Zealand, he settled in Inglewood and established J Winfield Cabinetmakers. He married Marion E.T. Todd and was twice mayor of Inglewood.

- Paula Ardern on 06-07-2015 00:31:32

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