Samuel Thomas TONG (1849 – 1934)

Name

Samuel Thomas Tong

Gender

Male

Birthdate

1849

Marriage(s)

1878

Date of death

1934

Partner(s)

  • Isabella Tong, nee Waterworth (1860-1926)

Children

  • Elizabeth Annie Tong (born 1880)
  • Charles Samuel Tong (1881-1881)
  • Isabella Maude Tong (born 1882)
  • George Edwin Tong
  • Myrtle Winifred Hodgkinson (25/8/1888-1978)
  • Charles Oswald Tong
  • Dorothy Mawhena/Manihera O'Connor (born 1899)

Biography

Undertaker – ST Tong and Sons

Recollections of Valda Colwill (granddaughter) –
Sons were George, Oswald (Os) and Bert[?]
Known to his family as “Pop”
Owned all the Karamu Road block, including half of former Hawke’s Bay Herald-Tribune section (Heretaunga Street to Queen Street)
Made coffins upstairs in the wooden building, causing it to wobble
At the rear, an artesian well saved the east block of shops after 1931 earthquake, when Fire brigade tapped it
Government representative on Fire Board for many years

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