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Henry James Blanchard (1862–1931)

Captain H. J. Blanchard, of Alma road, St. Kilda, died last week. He was the son of Mr. Henry Blanchard, one of the original Canterbury Pilgrims, and was born in Dunedin. He began sea life with the New Zealand Shipping Co., and was afterwards one of the crew which manned the Southern Cross. When Bishop Selwyn made his historical, missionary trip among the island savages of the Pacific. Afterwards he joined the Union Steamship Co., and remained with it for 20 years, trading between New Zealand and West Australia. He was master of the Wareatea, the Mahimnipua, and the Flora, which traded on the Tasmanian coast and between Tasmania and Melbourne. He then joined the Port Philip pilot service and retired about 15 years ago. On the outbreak of war he did transport work on one of the Commonwealth Government's ships. He has left a widow and family, including the wife of Mr. Oscar Hammerstein, author of "The Desert Song."

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'Blanchard, Henry James (1862–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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17 March, 1862
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand


4 February, 1931 (aged 68)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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